Demonoid hit by DDoS attack

Demonoid hit by DDoS attack

Summary: Demonoid, one of the biggest torrent sites around, has been taken down by a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The website has been hit many times before, and this outage is another one that will take quite a while to resolve.

TOPICS: Security, Outage, Piracy

Update on August 1 - One week later, Demonoid still down after massive DDOS attack and Is Demonoid gone for good?

Demonoid hit by DDoS attack

Demonoid has been hit by a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, bringing down the famous BitTorrent tracker to its knees. The torrent website has been inaccessible to its millions of users for more than a day and is expected to remain offline for quite some time.

As you can see in the screenshot above, Demonoid is currently 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

I said this attack was "massive" because it has resulted in a series of problems that may take a while to address. Over the years, Demonoid has been down many times, sometimes disappearing for months.

"It started as a DDoS but then it caused a series of problems," Demonoid's admin told TorrentFreak. "These problems need to be fixed before the site can go back up, and it’s a complicated fix this time. There might have been an attack from another angle, an exploit of sorts, but it’s hard to tell right now without a full check of everything. Our human resources became limited in the last few months. All tech issues are handled just by me now and there is no one else to take the job. I’ll fix the site as soon as possible, but it might be a while this time."

It's currently unclear whether or not the attack against Demonoid was anti-piracy related. Either way, Demonoid's users have to find an alternative for their downloading needs while they wait for its return.

Update on August 1 - One week later, Demonoid still down after massive DDOS attack and Is Demonoid gone for good?

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Topics: Security, Outage, Piracy

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  • Obviously, it's the government or corporations.

    Who else wants to take down Demonoid? Corporations maybe too. They better not pass this off as "Anonymous." Anonymous wouldn't attack Demonoid, unless they were tired of the freakin pop-ups lol.
    • Haha

      that is so true stupid flaming popups :)
      Chris Davies Cardiff
    • Yup

      Nobody else would ever want this site to come down. The government can't pass their greedy Nazi laws, so they're hiring people to enforce their will.
      Tyler Nichols
      • well...

        Well, i do believe ti's possible it's the government and/or the media operations it could equally be a bittorent site that's jealous of the success or something awful doing it for the LULZ.

        Until we actually hear more it's just speculation.

        As to Annon... isn't the whole point of Annon that they have no leadership? Just mentioning that because ti could very well be someone calling themselves that..
        Benjamin NElson
    • Pop-Ups blocker

      You get Google Chrome Browser , which i think is best and fastest browser and it has a free adblocker plug-in that stops pop-ups

      if you use firefox, it has a adblocker also
      Edward Snodgrass
      • Chrome

        My Chrome constantly crashes or freezes. But it beats bogging my lazy system down with IE, or all of the ads in Firefox
        • IE

          Plus IE's interface hasn't made good since version 6. And my Chrome isn't buggy... anymore.
    • I agree as well.

      This is like using rape to protect virginity, or using kiddie porn to catch pedophiles. Breaking the law to enforce the law is hypocritical as well.
      Stephen Charchuk
  • Alternatives?

    I just happened to write a blog post about this last night before I even knew it happened. It outlines how to never need a torrent again. There ARE better alternatives available. You can find it here.
    • No

      I would not suggest these. Random applications, that at least one of them is just a fancy torrent search engine. Look for ACTUAL private torrent site alternatives.
      Nick Makhmaltchi
      • NZB's are SAFER

        Yeah, you wouldn't recommend newsgroups because you do not understand newsgroups (and likely don't understand torrents either).

        To put it super simply, when you download a file from a torrent site, you are making a connection with every person who is also downloading that file. Including gub-mint groups and anti-piracy groups who now have your IP address.

        When you download a NZB, it is a private transaction between you and your ISP - no other person or PC is connecting to your PC. The only place that has your IP is your service provider. Your service provider will demand warrants of anyone wanting that information.

        Plus, newsgroups aren't actually websites, lol, there are a few places that help newbs find nzb's faster, and have filters to get rid of "bad" nzb's, but we are talking the old-skool Newsgroups servers here. You don't need a site to find what you are looking for.

        Of course, NZB's do take a bit of compuliteracy, and many folks are lacking that...
        • Shhhhh....

          Do you not know the first rule of usenet...
          • You do NOT talk about Usenet! lol

            It's too bad though, that most of the "ISP newsgroup" servers have eliminated their binary groups. (at least comcast and at&t have.. idk about some of the others)

            All I know of now is "pay newsgroup services" like Giganews..

            Anyone here have any better recommendations for newsgroups? I see they're still release new versions of my favorite reader; Forte Agent!
          • Ask your ISP

            Most ISP's still provide newsgroup access, but you might have to look on their site to see what your settings will be. Newsgroup access doesn't cost me anything extra, just part of my service.
            And then I do use Nzbs. org to help sort the good files from the bad.
        • Actually no

          Sorry broski, but you don't know what you're talking about, the request is bounced off of the tracker, so no one other than the tracker has your IP...good try though
          • Actually yes

            Guess you've never clicked on the peers tab?
          • Nope - try again.

            Generalkhaos is correct - by clicking your peer tab, you can see the IP's of each person you are connected to on a torrent.
            For example, these are the peers I am currently connected to on a test torrent to show you (I removed the port) that you can see anyone's IP that is downloading or uploading to your PC:

            NZB's don't have this fatal flaw...
          • pure genius

            " I removed the port"


            The port is irrelevant genius, the IP address is the personally identifying info.

            flagged for posting IP addresses (if the admin cares enough /shrug)
          • Over Dramatic Much?

            Removing the port amounts to removing the apartment number - you might have the street address, but it might take you a while to find the right "door". And if you are using torrents, you have protected your system, right?

            Besides - anyone who has the know-how to do something "evil" with these IP's, doesn't need the 7 I listed - they can just as easily get thousands of their own by simply queuing up the Telesync of "Dark Knight" and have as many IP addresses as they could use.
  • Hallelujah

    I've sent 8 take-down notices for one of my books being pirated there. They've ignored every one of them. This is karma in action. Love it!
    Nita Wick