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ExtraTorrent Under DDoS Attacks, Pirate Bay Down

ExtraTorrent Under DDoS Attacks, Pirate Bay Down

   By Ernesto on December 27, 2016
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The popular torrent site ExtraTorrent has suffered several major DDoS attacks over the past ew days. The problems appear to be related to the site's recent ban of 'unofficial' proxy services. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is also down, but for now it's unclear what's causing the issues on their end.

ExtraTorrent, one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet, just experienced one of the most turbulent weekends in its ten year history.

While many people were celebrating Christmas, the site’s operators were busy keeping the site online, after it was pounded by DDoS attacks.

“Extratorrent faced tons of cyberattacks over the last three days. Most of them were DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can’t help us because we get 40 to 50 million requests from the U.S. every hour!” ExtraTorrent’s SAM informed us.

To counter the attacks the site temporarily limited several functions to save resources. The login functionality for users is disabled, for example, so there are no fresh torrents. In addition, the site’s operators have removed the added protection against unofficial mirror and proxy sites.

Interestingly, this added protection layer may be the reason why the site is under attack. A few days ago ExtraTorrent received an email threatening attacks, if its operators didn’t remove the encryption within 24 hours.

“Some hours ago (12~?) Your main website was down for like 6-7? Minutes… It will happen again, for hours, days…IF you don’t remove the encoded stuff from your website and let proxy operators, like myself, do their job,” part of the email read.

The trouble started soon after this email was delivered, suggesting that the threats were real. For now, however, the torrent site has managed to keep the site afloat. This is in part due to the the measures it took in response.

“ExtraTorrent’s servers are still under high load but we have sufficient resources to keep it online. ET is the place to be!” SaM tells us.

ExtraTorrent is not the only site that has run into trouble lately. The Pirate Bay is also down at the time of writing. Users who try to access the site get a CloudFlare downtime warning, or a new Captcha error.


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[Report] Posted: 02-01-2017 at 07:20:39

Change the color scheme Yellow and black is not good on the eyes

PS... I wondered why I keeep getting 502 errors, know we know

[Report] Posted: 16-01-2017 at 18:29:05

I just been on both of those sites, how old is this article?

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