Torrent sites are one of the internet’s most divisive features.
They allow fast and simple transference of files and for people who want to share their creative content, it’s a miracle of distribution.
However, they are also a huge source of illegal filesharing and the scourge of Hollywood studies and major record labels.
Which is why it comes as a mystery to many users that a huge number of torrent sites – including the infamous Pirate Bay – appeared to have been shut down last week.
A dozen sites, including the likes of 1337x, WorldWideTorrents and TorrentProject.se, appeared to go down following a surge of traffic after the airing of the final episode of Game of Thrones. It has been reported by the site Torrent Freak that these sites were on the receiving end of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
This left users faced with a 403 Forbidden message and the inability to share content.
According to site admins speaking to Torrent Freak, the demand following Game of Thrones coupled with a DDoS attack was enough to overload their servers. It’s not clear where the attack originated from.
Many of the sites have now recovered and are operating as normal.
However, experts note that these kinds of sites are drawing more and more attention from copyright holders who want to protect their content.
“The above shows that the torrent ecosystem remains vulnerable,” explained Torrent Freak.
“DDoS attacks and domain issues are nothing new, but after the shutdown of KAT, Torrentz, Extratorrent, and other giants, the remaining sites have to carry a larger burden.”