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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Pirate Bay Suffering Network Problems

The Pirate Bay may be back, but its return has not been easy. The notorious torrent search engine was — after years of failed attempts — shuttered by authorities in a raid late last year for helping facilitate copyright infringement.

The Pirate Bay refused to stay dead, and after weeks of teasing a return the site reemerged at the end of January 2015. But there were other problems too. At one point a rift between staff members threatened to split the website in two, although they've since reconciled.

Now, according to a Torrent Freak report, The Pirate Bay is running into a new problem: It's struggling to keep the site online. Visitors to The Pirate Bay are currently greeted with a "403 Forbidden" error (though search is still accessible if you navigate directly to it). And earlier today, it was redirected to "The Mobile Bay" another site owned by the administrators. It was also failing to properly load.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Pirate Bay Reappears After 12 Hours Downtime

The Pirate Bay is back up again after being down for nearly 12 hours.

The sharing website was down though there was no trouble with its domain name and nameservers, routing visitors to a CloudFlare Error 522 page, reports Christian Today. The Pirate Bay's recent downtime is the longest it has been offline ever since its offices were raided and a blackout followed which was lifted only until about two week ago.

The Pirate Bay went down for the first time last year after its hosting centers were raided in Sweden, nearly two months ago. While many did not expect a return, the site rose with databases largely intact.

Torrent Freak claimed that the recent downtime for The Pirate Bay could be due to problems it faced earlier including hardware and software issues, IB Times reported.

Meanwhile, more arrests have been made following raids by Swedish Police. Tankafetast, PirateHub and Tankefetast Play went down after their operations wer raided. Five arrests have reportedly been made on grounds unlawful distribution of copyright material. Tankafetast is said to be Sweden's second largest torrent site and has been down a few times in past only to reappear again.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Pirate Bay Domains Targeted In Legal Action

A pair of domains operated by The Pirate Bay are at risk of seizure following legal action by Swedish authorities. The man behind December's raid, prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, says that the domains should be canceled or placed under state control. The domain registry involved has criticized the move.

While it is technically possible to operate without one, domain names are considered vital for any mainstream website. Domains give a web service an identity and make them easy to find.

This is exactly what authorities in Sweden are now trying to deny The Pirate Bay.

Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, the man behind the now-famous operation to take the site down in December, is now spearheading the drive to shut down The Pirate Bay’s access to a pair of key domains. and are Ingblad’s targets, the former being the only domain currently being used by the site.

Originally filed at the District Court of Stockholm back in 2013, the motion targets Punkt SE, the organization responsible for Sweden’s top level .SE domain. Ingblad’s assertion is that since The Pirate Bay is acting illegally, domain names are necessarily part of that site’s ‘crimes’ and should be tackled like any other part of its infrastructure.


Saturday, 31 January 2015

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online

The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB is back online today, more than seven weeks after its servers were raided . The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar .se domain and it appears that data loss is minimal.

Early December The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.

After being down for two weeks the domain came back online waving a pirate flag on its temporary homepage.

TPB later added a countdown to February 1st, alongside several hints that the site would reappear that day.

Today we can report that The Pirate Bay has lived up to the comeback expectations, with a comeback one day ahead of schedule.

A few minutes ago the site started serving torrents to the masses again, much to the delight of millions of users. The Pirate Bay’s homepage currently features a Phoenix.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Pirate Bay Comeback Still Very Likely

History appears to be repeating itself as The Pirate Bay homepage is displaying a Phoenix once again, suggesting that the site will soon rise from its ashes. If the signs are true, TPB may be up and running next weekend.

During the Spring of 2006, less than three years after The Pirate Bay was founded, 65 Swedish police officers entered a datacenter in Stockholm.

The policemen had instructions to shut down the largest threat to the entertainment industry at the time – The Pirate Bay’s servers.

The raid was successful, but while various copyright holder groups claimed a major victory, the Pirate Bay team wasn’t sitting still.

Thanks to a backup made by Fredrik Neij at the last minute, The Pirate Bay returned online in three days. Seemingly unimpressed by the raid, TPB renamed itself to “The Police Bay” complete with a new logo shooting cannon balls at Hollywood.


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Proof That The Pirate Bay Will Be Coming Back

A police raid took down The Pirate Bay last month, and the popular download service has remained dead ever since. However, the group behind the torrent site has taken back its domain name in the meantime while publishing a static page that features a secret code, a pirate flag and a timer that’s been counting to a potential relaunch that might take place on February 1st. Further supporting the belief that The Pirate Bay is coming back up soon are the findings of a Reddit user, who has deciphered that secret code.

According to dafky2000, the code posted on the website is actually an encrypted link to a YouTube video that shows a well-known scene from Terminator 2 in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s catchphrase “I’ll be back” is featured.

While that’s certainly disappointing to some people, who might have hoped that other special secrets lie behind that string of characters — especially considering that a recent hint from The Pirate Bay suggested users might be able to build something using that secret — the decryption of the message coupled with the countdown timer seems to strongly suggest the service is coming back up real soon.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Pirate Bay Could Return On February 1st

The Pirate Bay could be set to return on 1 February, as a countdown timer appears on its website three weeks after it was shut down.

Police raided the file-sharing website's servers in Stockholm on 9 December and since then the website's services have been unavailable, causing several clones to take its place. The website reappeared shortly before Christmas, but displayed nothing more than a waving flag and a timer counting up from when the raid took place.

Pirate Bay Countdown

Now though, the timer has started to count down and will end on 1 February, when it is expected the site will open once more.

In addition to the timer, TorrentFreak notes a piece of Javascript used on the site to display fireworks is called 'allishere.js' which is thought to be a cryptic message to confirm that the site's backups are safe and well; it was previously claimed they were missing or damaged.

A source "close to The Pirate Bay team" has spoken with TorrentFreak and says more "exciting news" and an official announcement will follow shortly.

Following the 9 December raid on the Nacka station, a nuclear-bomb-proof data centre built into a mountain and where The Pirate Bay was being hosted, the site switched to a new IP address which points to a server based on Moldova.

Recently, the site added a string of characters known as a BitTorrent Sync key, which gives access to a pirated copy of Sony Pictures' The Interview; this was joined by a cartoon image of Kim Jong-un, which has since been removed.