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BTJunkie torrent indexer ends after 7 years

http://userlogos.org/files/logos/4clova/btjunkie.jpgBTjunkie, one of the largest BitTorrent indexes on the Internet, has decided to shut down voluntarily today. A combination of legal actions against fellow file-sharing sites and time-consuming projects have led to the drastic decision that takes out one the main players in the BitTorrent landscape. Founded in June 2005, BTjunkie has been among the top BitTorrent sites for more than half a decade. The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site’s operators decided to shut the site down for good today. The following message was posted on the BTjunkie homepage a few minutes ago:

“This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!” BTjunkie’s founder said that the legal actions against other file-sharing sites such as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay played an important role in making the difficult decision. Witnessing all the trouble colleagues got into was cause for a lot of worry and stress, and those will now belong to the past.

That said, BTjunkie’s owner still thinks there might be a future for other BitTorrent sites. “I really do hope so, the war is far from over for sure,” admin says. While BTjunkie was never targeted directly by copyright holders, the site was reported to the US Trade Representative (USTR) November last year. Both the RIAA and MPAA listed the torrent index as a ‘rogue’ site that facilitated mass copyright infringement. BTjunkie is also one of the search terms censored by Google because it’s piracy related, alongside The Pirate Bay, RapidShare, uTorrent and others.

Torrent downloads are becoming increasingly popular after recent events and closure of Megaupload and many other filehosts. If you are looking for alternatives, we can recommend NewTorrents.info which offers verified scene torrents or other popular sites like PirateBay, ExtraTorrent, KickassTorrent or Demonoid.

Source: Torrentfreak

Busted by FBI: Real-life story of teenage uploader

http://www.enjoyfrance.com/images/stories/world/tech/pirate-key.jpgIn the early part of the last decade when they were still the innocent side of 15-years-old, one schoolfriend showed another an Iomega ZIP drive (right) full of ‘warez’ – games and software with a big fat zero written on their price tag. Having never seen anything like it before, James (as we shall call him for now) became hooked, and quickly began to display a trait inherent in many addicted file-sharers. “I simply couldn’t get enough,” he told TorrentFreak. “It was more fun downloading and sharing the stuff with all my friends then actually using it or playing the actual games.”

Having become inspired by these simple beginnings, James began chatting with other like-minded people on warez sites and ICQ, going on to share warez via PUBS, FTP-enabled servers conveniently left open by companies with more bandwidth than security sense. Sharing files wasn’t a simple process back then and James took exception when Napster began dumbing down the process. “We hated it, simply despised it because it made a mockery of the hard work we put in to obtain all these different warez,” he recalls.

But despite these early bad feelings towards Napster, the future would eventually see James become a facilitator of even easier ways of downloading. Not for just his friends, but for more than a hundred thousand people. After working his way up to become one of the top members on the GraveyardFXP warez board, James says he became a moderator of DelusionalFXP. It was there, on their IRC channel, that he would meet people whose new project would suck him in and change his life forever. At some point along the line, ‘James’ became better known to his peers as StonyVision, and he was invited to join a new project being set up by, among others, a fellow pirate known as Sk0t.

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8 MegaUpload & MegaVideo alternatives

If you haven’t been living under a rock in last 2 days you probably know something big happened in our small filesharing pond – MegaUpload, the world’s 15th biggest website was shut down by FBI and all owners and people affiliated with MegaUpload, MegaVideo and many other services run by the company were arrested. We covered this news in our early blog post. Later, the famous group of hackers Anonymous launchd DDoS attack against FBI, MPAA, RIAA and other antipiracy organizations and the successfully shut down their websites. However the attack lasted just few hours and the sites are becoming slowly accessible again, so this manifestation didn’t really have big impact. The case is still evolving, you can check latest pics of property of Kim Shmitz, owner of MegaUpload, being seized from his villa, including his collection of luxurious cars with words like MAFIA, CEO or HACKER on their number plates.

With MegaUpload down, many people will look for alternatives for this popular filesharing platform. Here’s a list of our tips, including short description. What’s more, many of those hosts allow you to earn some extra revenue by sharing your files – you get a couple of cents for every download, so if you have popular files, you can earn few dollars here and there by sharing various files. Most of these hosts allow upload from FTP and remote servers.

1. FileSonic – the most popular filesharing platform allowing you to earn revenue. The free accounts are limited to download speed around 250 kB/s with few seconds of waiting before the download. You can earn up to $35 for 1000 downloads with its affiliate program or up to $15 for sale of one Premium account.

2. FileServe – second most popular host for sharing your files, popular mostly with American users. Offers stable and fairly fast download speed from US, not so fast for European users. Allows 500 GB of storage for free, if you need more you can get it after purchasing Premium account. As a FileServer partner you can earn up to $25 for 1000 file downloads.

3. FileJungle – relatively new player on the filesharing field with nice interface, detailed stats and various affiliate plans. Uploaders can choose between revenue sharing model, up to $40 per 1000 downloads plan or fixed $10 comission for every sold Premium account. Fast mainly for US users. 30 seconds waiting time before download and storage of 750 GB for free users.

4. FilePost – FilePost is also pretty new service which offers maximum size of 2 GB, fairly fast download speed for all users and 30 days for keeping inactive files. Affiliates can benefit from Mixed plan combining earnings of up to $40 for 1000 downloads and 60% revenue share including rebills.

5. UploadStation – UploadStation also started in 2011 but it never become extremely popular, although it offers nice set of services and features. Nice user interface, upload of files up to 2 GB, 500 GB storage for free registered users and payment of up to $32 for 1000 downloads for uploaders.

6. RapidShare – the legend of filesharing industry, site that started it all. After many legal problems, RapidShare now offers no affiliate program but instead offers the fastest download speeds for free users (no problem to reach 10 MB/s), especially those from Europe, unlimited storage, unlimited maximum filesize and much more.

7. VideoBB – VideoBB is pretty new yet extremely popular video service which is on the good way to replace MegaVideo as #1 online streaming platform. It’s already 375th most popular website in the world according to Alexa and with their 1000 GB of free video storage, nice streaming client and wide set of features they quickly established themselves in online video business. Premium accounts offer faster streaming/download speed, unlimited views, no advertisements and possibility to download the video.

8. MediaFire – also very popular uploading platform for many years, MediaFire offers unlimited file size, unlimited downloads and basically no ads. The sites boasts with impressive 150 million monthly users.

Anonymous strikes back: MPAA, RIAA, FBI, BMI and others down after DDoS

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001541659/1350968676_anonymous_xlarge.gifFor the past few days the big story has been the protest of SOPA and PIPA, the two potentially disastrous and dangerous pieces of legislation that would give major corporations and organizations the right to censor the internet in the name of protection against piracy. Yesterday, websites like Wikipedia.org and Reddit.com shut their doors to the public, demonstrating what it would be like if either SOPA or PIPA were passed, despite admonishment from the MPAA. In a move that can only be described as retaliation, earlier this morning the US government was able to shut down MegaUpload.com a file sharing website that some have chosen to use to download and upload illegal material (despite the fact that the site itself has no control over the content people share). Now Anonymous, the nameless, faceless hacker organization that is typically identified with Guy Fawkes masks, has struck back.

Since this morning’s news, Anonymous has managed to shut down various powerful websites in the government such as Justice.gov along with others like MPAA.org, Universal Music Group, and the RIAA. The move is being called the biggest attack in the organization’s history. Anonymous is likely using what is known as a Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack (DDoS), which basically means that they have flooded the computer network that operates these various sites and completely shut down their capabilities.

The AnonOps Twitter account claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are being promoted with the #OpMegaUpload hashtag. Anonymous is using their own DDoS tool called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC). When activated, LOIC rapidly reloads a target website, and if enough users point LOIC at a site at once, it can crash from the traffic. The application is freely being distributed through Twitter and various IRC channels. Judging from a Twitter search, the link is being shared at a rate of about 4 times a minute, mostly by Spanish-speaking users, for some reason. Russian news service RT claims this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous’ history—over 5,600 DDoS zealots blasting at once. The latest confirmed targeted shut down by Anonymous attack is La résistance est international—French copyright authority HADOPI.

MegaUpload & MegaVideo raided by FBI, owners arrested

http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2011/12/megaupload-song-hits-big-on-the-web-umg-tries-to-take-it-down.pngMegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia. The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand at the request of US authorities. MegaVideo, the streaming site belonging to same company, and a total of 18 domains connected to the Mega company were seized and datacenters in three countries raided. An indictment unsealed today by the Department of Justice claims MegaUpload has caused the entertainment industries more than $500 million in lost revenue and generated $175 million “in criminal proceeds.”

Two corporations – Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited – were indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on January 5th, 2012, and charged with “engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.” Today, the authorities executed in excess of 20 search warrants in the United States and eight other countries and seized approximately $50 million in assets. A total of 18 Mega-related domains were seized including Megastuff.co, Megaworld.com, Megaclicks.co, Megastuff.info, Megaclicks.org, Megaworld.mobi, Megastuff.org, Megaclick.us, Mageclick.com, HDmegaporn.com, Megavkdeo.com, Megaupload.com, Megaupload.org, Megarotic.com, Megaclick.com, Megavideo.com, Megavideoclips.com and Megaporn.com.

Data centers in the Netherlands, Canada and Washington were raided. In an apparent reference to the latter, a source has just informed TorrentFreak that the FBI are currently detaining everyone at the ISP Cogent Communications’ headquarters in Washington DC, in connection with a Mega-related search warrant. In addition to MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, another six alleged members of the Mega “conspiracy” were charged in the indictment, including residents of Germany, Slovakia, Turkey, Estonia and Netherlands. Owner Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk were arrested today in Auckland, New Zealand, by authorities there. Bencko, Echternach and Nomm are still at large.

According to the Department of Justice, the individuals named above face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering, five years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering and five years in prison on each of the substantive charges of criminal copyright infringement.

Source: TorrentFreak

Pirate Bay plans to stop offering torrent downloads

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/fs/img/news/201111/pirate-bay8.jpgIn a month The Pirate Bay will no longer offer downloads of .torrent files. Instead, the largest torrent site on the Internet will only provide so-called magnet links to its visitors. The first step in this direction was made today with The Pirate Bay replacing the current default torrent download links with magnets. Could this be the end of an era? After half a decade of loyal service, The Pirate Bay shut down its tracker in November 2009. The Pirate Bay argued that BitTorrent trackers have been made redundant by technologies such as DHT and PEX. In addition, The Pirate Bay team said that they might move away from torrents entirely and switch to offering magnet links instead.

“We’re talking to the other torrent admins on doing magnet links and DHT and PEX for all sites. Moving away from torrents and trackers totally – like pick a date and all agree ‘from this date, we’ll not support torrents anymore’,” a Pirate Bay insider told TorrentFreak at the time. Now, two years later, that date is coming soon. Today, The Pirate Bay made the first step towards this new future by making magnets the default download links instead of torrents. TorrentFreak was further informed that in “a month or so” the largest torrent site on the Internet will stop serving torrent files indefinitely.

The announcement is bound to lead to confusion and uncertainty among many torrent users, but in reality very little will change for the average Pirate Bay visitor. Users will still be able to download files, but these will now be started through a magnet link instead of a .torrent file. The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak that one of the advantages of the transition to a “magnet site” is that it requires relatively little bandwidth to host a proxy. This is topical, since this week courts in both Finland and the Netherlands ordered local Internet providers to block the torrent site.

Perhaps even better, without the torrent files everyone can soon host a full copy of The Pirate Bay on a USB thumb drive, which may come in handy in the future. One of the potential downsides of using magnets is that it could take a bit longer for downloads to start, especially if there are relatively few people sharing a file. The good news is that all mainstream BitTorrent clients support magnet links.

Source: Torrentfreak

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