Ukraine shut down file sharing website Demonoid ahead of U.S. copyright talks
Ukrainian police are behind a recent blackout that’s effectively shut down servers for the popular bittorrent tracking website Demonoid, according to local media, in a sting seemingly timed to coincide with a meeting between the country’s deputy prime minister and U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk.
Demonoid, one of the largest file sharing websites in the world, went down after a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack knocked the site offline on July 27.
Though site administrators said at the time that Demonoid would recover, an employee for ColoCall, Ukraine’s largest datacenter, told Kommersant that the site remains offline thanks to government intervention just days after the hack.
The site was singled out by the U.S. Trade Rep. last year (PDF) as one of the most “notorious markets” for infringing goods, and at one time ranked in the top 300 most popular sites for American Web users.
The raid on ColoCall appears to be timed to coincide with Ukrainian deputy prime minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky’s July 31 meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, during which the two discussed greater cooperation on copyright issues.
“Support from the U.S. side in liberalizing the access of Ukrainian goods to the U.S. market and the cancellation of the existing restrictions are very important for us,” he said leading up to the meeting, according to The Kyiv Post.
Demonoid’s administrators reportedly remain at large despite the raid.
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