The Pirate Bay was hit by a DDos attack and has been largely unavailable for 24 hours. They say that Anonymous are not responsible.
The Pirate Bay (TPB) has its suspicions who is responsible for the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Their Facebook page read, "Once we've awaken our tech guru Winston Q we'll get on the issue."
TPB's Facebook page now reads:
"Just to clarify, we KNOW that it is NOT Anonymous who is behind the ddos attack. Stop spreading rumours like that.
We may not agree with Anonymous in everything, but we both want the internet to be open and free.
There, now carry on with whatever it is you were doing."
This attack comes in the wake of ISPs being told to ban TPB in the U.K. and the Netherlands over copyright violations.
According to André Stewart of Corero Network Security, a provider of DDoS defense systems, it is unlikely that the attack came via the hacktivists Anonymous.
He told the BBC: "There will be further attacks, but what's significant about this whole story is that people think that it is the Anonymous attacking a site which is typically a type of site that they defend."
"It could be the record labels, or a government somewhere that has had enough of not being able to catch The Pirate Bay, it could be just one person who had rented some cloud power from Amazon and is sitting in a cafe, and is able to launch an attack."
Some users may have attempted to access the web site using proxies, but TPB warned against this saying,
"Use proxies at own risk. Don't login unless you trust the proxy supplier. Don't freak out. You'll get your TPB fix tomorrow."
The Pirate Bay is a file-sharing web site which allows users to download video, music and other digital content free, which angers copyright holders who feel they are losing money.
With countries including the U.K. trying to ban access to the web site, Virgin Media users are now being shown a message when they try to access TPB, explaining why it is blocked. The company started blocking access following a High Court order last week.
Stewart continues, "If they're losing money and seeing that the government is not being able to stop it, there's a real monetary value reason for them to try and bring it down."
"And if they can do it in the name of Anonymous then it's great for them.
"Equally the governments that protect these industries are frustrated as well because they haven't been able to see it close down, unlike a number of other torrent sites."
Apparently soon after Virgin Media began blocking the website, they suffered a hack attack, which many thought was to protest their efforts to block people from using TPB.
It is thought that Anonymous was behind that attack as Twitter feeds read: "Virgin Media - Tango Down #OpTPB".
The team responsible for the Virgin Media hack, AnonAteam, announced on their blog that it had "no involvement" in the DDoS attack on TPB.
They state, "It is not a legitimate protest for anyone to be involved with nor does it fall within our objectives. Anyone involved in the attack should stop. It is our understanding Anonymous have no involvement in this attack."
However, TPB did criticize them for this attack, saying that it did not "encourage these actions" and stating on their Facebook page: "We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us. So don't fight them using their ugly methods. DDoS and blocks are both forms of censorship."
TPB appears to be up and running normally at this stage.