Demonoid admin: We'll be back

Demonoid admin: We'll be back

Summary: Demonoid, one of the biggest torrent sites around, was taken down on July 25 after a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The website is now completely unresponsive, although its administrator says he says he will bring it back eventually.

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Update on August 6 - Demonoid busted by the police

Demonoid admin: We'll be back

Demonoid's administrator has promised to bring the site back after it was taken down by a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The tracker has already been down for more than a week, and there still is no date for when to expect its return.

"I don't plan on shutting down, but if Im going to fix it I have to do it properly," the administrator told TorrentFreak. "That means upgrading a lot of our 7 year old hardware and maybe bringing up the beta only. You know how it goes with demonoid. It might take a while but it will come back."

If you want to offer your services to the cause, you're out of luck. The administrator does not want to accept help as he's worried about giving too many privileges over sensitive user data to complete strangers. It doesn't look like he's accepting donations either.

Last week, Demonoid started serving up the following error message:

Server too busy

The action you requested could not be completed because the server is too busy.

Please try again in a few minutes

Do not click reload - Use the following links
Clicking reload will get you this page again

Click here to return to the homepage or Click here to go back

Earlier this week, the server was turned off completely and the site led to a dead end. Then it came back to life and started redirecting to random sites full of advertisements. Eventually this stopped and both demonoid.me and demonoid.ph went back to not responding.

The good news here is that despite Demonoid being completely gone from the Internet, it's not gone for good. The administrator seems to want to bring the site back, some day.

Update on August 6 - Demonoid busted by the police

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  • Please Tell us how to keep track

    Demonoid should know that it helps many people. I spend alot of time getting films and tv shows for my very elderly parents from demonoid.

    I have stuck with the original demonoid.me.

    Please try to keep us informed how to maintain contact, especially if demonoid changes their URL or uses beta.

    I want to keep getting those things for my parents!
    Hildene
  • Get Well Soon, Demonoid!

    Don't give the entertainment industry(insert expletive of your choice) the satisfaction! There may be other sites, but none with the numbers of seeds and sharing is caring attitude that users of Demonoid possess. A truly great site!
    evanhorn2
    • Demonoid Busted

      See article

      http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-busted-as-a-gift-to-the-united-states-government-120806/
      evanhorn2
  • Copyright Terms

    Copyright terms are currently insane. Seriously, a work produced today will not enter the public domain in my lifetime. Assuming that there are no further extensions to terms. Unlikely as that seems.

    Terms should be reformed to something that actually serves the public interest instead of Hollywood's. I think that a flat 20 years monopoly (10 years for software as it changes so fast) would be a reasonable balance between for-profit activity and the public, culture, good. Another alternative for a term would be unlimited copyright with a recurring fee that increases geometrically over time. Say, 0 to 10 years: free copyright term, 10 years: 1 million renewal fee, 20 years: 10 million renewal fee, 30 years: 100 million renewal fee, and so on.

    As it stands right now copyright maximalists are lobbying and cheating their way to get continual extensions to the terms. This is a farce, the emperor has no clothes, it needs to stop.
    BP314
    • At..

      Sorry, didn't clarify: (at) 10 years, (at) 20 years, (at) 30 years, so on.
      BP314
  • MPAA and RIAA

    Gee! I wonder who DDoS'd both Pirate and Demonoid? There are also a couple of other smaller sites that have been attacked. Greed driven regulatory bodies going outside of the law? Nahhhh, that could never happen....bastards
    ibagwan
    • People should just boycott them both

      All RIAA and MPAA-backed products to bring them all to their knees.
      geewhizia
  • 404

    Ahem. If the server is turned off, it can't serve up '404' messages.
    craig@...
  • check it out

    Shame Demoniod is down, it was my best tracker, I did find a site where I was able to get invited to some private trackers, it's called torrentinvites.org, check it out.
    PrivateTorrent
    • Hello

      Privatetorrent person can you help me withan invite I am lost without demonoid.me Email me here if you can help wrandalljr4@hotmail.com post demoniod.me in the subject line please.
      wrandall
  • demonoid alternatives

    If you are looking for demonoid alternatives, join torrentinvites.org and you will find many private trackers. Demonoid was a great public tracker, but nothing can be compared with the private trackers ! They are safer and faster...
    PrivateTorrent
  • demonoid alternatives

    If you are looking for demonoid alternatives, join torrentinvites.org and you will find many private trackers. Demonoid was a great public tracker, but nothing can be compared with the private trackers ! They are safer and faster...
    PrivateTorrent
  • N.Y. Times article on why torrents are here to stay.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/sunday-review/internet-pirates-will-always-win.html?_r=1
    GulleyJimson