As with Pirate Bay, it may always be too early to declare filesharing site Demonoid completely deal. But the site is currently unavailable and its operators have suffered three significant blows.
The first came last week when the site was knocked offline by a “massive” distributed denial of service attack. Who was behind the attack remains unclear: the motivation would be with law enforcement activities, though officially at least this isn’t the type of tactic normally associated with official bodies.
The site itself was physically located in Ukraine. It’s now confirmed that the second blow for the site came when the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs asked ColoCall to close down the site following contact from Interpol.
ColoCall says it complied with the request and allowed officials to take a copy of all data on the server for evidence purposes. It says it gave Demonoid several warning in the past that it had received complaints and might have to close the site.
The third strike comes with the news that Mexican authorities are engaged in a criminal investigation involving the operators of the site, one of whom is believed to have been based in Mexico at one point. One person has previously been arrested in Monterrey in relation to the site. Since the site closure, it’s emerged that it was this investigation that triggered the Interpol alert and in turn the Ukrainian shutdown.
There appears to be a political element to the events behind the shutdown. It doesn’t appear that Demonoid broke any laws within Ukraine itself and it made a point of blocking residents of the country from accessing the site. However, the Ukrainian government appears to have taken the tough stance to help shake the image of Eastern Europe as a harbor for piracy, most likely with the aim of boosting trade relations with the United States.