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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Vuze Users Can Now Speed Up Torrent Downloads

Standard downloading times of torrents on fiber optic networks today are as fast as they have ever been, however there is now a further improved method of downloading torrents at a faster speed. Vuze, a torrent downloading software is intending to allow users to speed up torrent downloads via 'swarm merging'.

Swarm Merging on the Vuze network will allow users to share the same file, allowing the overall speed of the download to be boosted. Unlike the traditional method of downloading a torrent file through the needs of seeds and peers, swarm merging detects when there is two or more active torrents sharing the same file, and brings all the seeds and peers together to make downloads much faster. ExtremeTech did a better analysis of this particular method.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Pirate Bay Becomes More Accessible In UK With New Security Tweak

For many months now the Pirate Bay has been blocked by various UK ISPs', and even with the use of proxies some people have still been struggling to access the site. A new tweak however via the Pirate Bay source site now allows people to access The Pirate Bay regardless of certain blocks from some ISP's, depending on the nature of the block in place.

Since TPB regained access online after being shut down in February, the new webmasters for the site have decided to use CloudFares SSL service, which in turn allows people to more easily access TPB. It's believed that this particular tweak was unintentional, but proves to be better for the end user.

This new tweak does somehow make it easier for some viewers to access TPB, and includes the opportunity to access the site even without the use of a traditional VPN.

Friday, 13 March 2015

UK ISP's Blocking Proxy Sites

Internet service providers in the UK are blocking access to proxy services providing backdoor access to The Pirate Bay.

Websites including, and are no longer accessible to customers of Virgin Media, Sky and other operators.

Following a High Court order, Britain's leading service providers already block access to the biggest illegal file-sharing sites, and proxy services appear to be next.

The blockade has been criticised by the organiser of, who claims that it is "totally unreasonable" and an example of censorship.

"To block a site that simply links to another site just shows the level of censorship we are allowing ISPs to get away with," he told TorrentFreak.

"UKBay is not even a PirateBay proxy. It simply provides links to proxies. If they continue blocking sites that link to sites that link to sites, there'll be nothing left."

The Pirate Bay resurfaced online at its original web address in January, but remains inaccessible for customers of Britain's main broadband operators.


Friday, 6 March 2015

ISP Refuses To Block The Pirate Bay

Following a hearing last month during which agreement was sought between entertainment companies and Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget, the provider has confirmed there will be no compromise. The ISP will not block The Pirate Bay and insists that customers have the right to communicate freely online. A trial is now set for October.

Despite its current difficulties in maintaining an efficient online presence, The Pirate Bay remains the world’s most hounded website. Entertainment industry companies around the globe have made the notorious site their number one anti-piracy target and legal action continues in many regions.

Perhaps one of the most interesting at the moment is the action filed last November by Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry. It targets Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget (The Broadband Company) and effectively accuses the provider of being part of the Pirate Bay’s piracy machine.


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.