Demonoid, the popular BitTorrent, site has been inaccessible from July 24 and the downtime is expected to continue for an indeterminate span of time.
A severe Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack brought down the website, making it inaccessible to millions of users, the TorrentFreak reported. Apparently, the site is expected to remain offline for quite some time.
The tech admin team of the BitTorrent tracker told TorrentFreak that the issues were not easy to fix and there is probability of an attack from another angle.
However, this is not the first time the site has faced a DDoS attack. The previous attack was reported April 26, 2010, which subsided in July that year.
On July 24, 2012 a million plus Demonoid users noticed that the site was down with a "server busy" message that greeted them instead of the welcome screen, which seemed to signify the website was experiencing technical difficulties.
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"It started as a DDoS but then it caused a series of problems. These problems need to be fixed before the site can go back up, and it's a complicated fix this time," the Demonoid admin told TorrentFreak.
Progress on the website recovery is slow as the BitTorrent site witnessed an exodus of staff earlier this year and there is only one person who is currently attending to work on server issue.
"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," the Demonoid admin told TorrentFreak.
It is not clear if the current mishap is related to anti-piracy drive. But Demonoid users just have to find a temporary alternative to meet their needs.