Fans of the popular BitTorrent site Demonoid were teased earlier this week when the domain's server went through an update, leading many file-sharers to believe the site would be up and running again soon. Although hope isn't dead yet, Demonoid's tech administrator told Torrent Freak that they are "not looking into putting the site back up at the moment."
Demonoid has been offline since a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack came at the end of July. It was later revealed that the Ukrainian government had pulled the site down at the behest of U.S. copyright enforcement officials while an investigation into the site's alleged owners took place in Mexico. Before the shutdown Demonoid was one of the most popular BitTorrent sites on the Internet, in part because a perceived amount of anonymity users had while illegally sharing files.
Rumors of a possible Demonoid return have been rampant on the Internet since the site was taken down, in part because of the "Comeback Kid" reputation it was given after bouncing back from previous DDoS attacks.
Earlier this month Demonoid's address switched from Demonoid.com to Demonoid.me, which led to speculation the private tracker was gearing up to re-launch. Not so fast, according to what the tech admin told Torrent Freak.
"The DNS change was so the mail started working again," the Demonoid representative told Torrent Freak. "I hope there will be [a return] someday, but it might not be soon...We are down, and we're not looking into putting the site back up at the moment."
Fans of the site will hope Demonoid is preparing to repeat their launch in 2008, which happened after Demonoid was shut down for six months because of legal threats from the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
Even if Demonoid has been offline, it hasn't been out of the headlines. Last week there was a report that the site - along with BT Junkie and Megaupload, which have also been shut down - is still considered a threat to anti-piracy groups. There have been efforts from Google to remove these sites and others like them from search results.
That same week pictures confirmed to be from the MPAA leaked to the Internet in an apparent scheme to pile up evidence on Demonoid. The screenshots were of petition information and therefore legal, but the ambiguity surrounding the possible reasons for saving that evidence had piracy advocates wondering what would come next.