The Pirate Bay, which is the most popular file-sharing website on the Internet, was shut down for part of the day on Wednesday. The site shut down in response to a DDoS attack. (Updated).
The Pirate Bay was not available for several hours after the system shut itself down to improve its internal system, in order to fight a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. While this was apparently a temporary problem, Digital Journal cannot access the website this morning, which means that the attack is possibly continuing.
According to TorrentFreak, "The Pirate Bay team [said] they were dealing with a DDoS attack earlier and had to upgrade the 'pipes. The Pirate Bay team is aware of the issue and is working on a fix."
Users of the Swedish-based site are nervous, as another BitTorrent site, Demonoid, was also hit recently. There are rumors that Demonoid will be shut down for good. The website is hosted in Ukraine, and the government is said to be working with the U.S. to prevent the torrent site from re-launching.
Wednesday's DDoS attack on The Pirate Bay is the second in a relatively short period. The BBC reported that in May the Pirate Bay was down for more than 24 hours and the identity of the hacker wasn't known, although the Pirate Bay "had its suspicions." Digital Journal also reported on the story.
Despite this attempted blockade, the Pirate Bay has only seen its number of daily visitors increase. In May, the website received the highest number of hits ever.
TorrentFreak reported in March that the Pirate Bay had received a letter from the police, requesting personal details of users. The site said that it would not reveal that information.
Update: While it was not possible to access The Pirate Bay in some areas today, the website now appears to be up and running normally again.