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Demonoid is back?!?!
Demonoid is back?!?! –
So I got an email a few days back saying demonoid is back under the name d2.vu, I did a password recovery & lot's of the torrents, comment's, etc were posted. Now there has been skepticism about weather or not this was real, phishing, etc... Why hasn't anyone suggested that it might be a sting? Here's a little blurb that I wrote on another forum, pasting it here for your opinions too.
Although I've logged in and looked around, I'm weary about using it. It was hosted in the US but unhosted for "a possible malware scare". My concern is that, being an American and our laws here being more strict than other countries... Since the old operators were arrested, what if through a plea bargain or even a search / seizure of the database this is actually done by an anti-piracy or government group? A sting operation to catch file sharer's? Previous mod's & their leads to other sites / scene groups / topsites / etc?!
(1)“The malware may not have been intentionally hosted on this VPS,” Nick told TorrentFreak in an update. “It is possible that one of the ad banners running on the site triggered the malware alert. The server will still be removed from our network to prevent any further issues related to my company.”
- Tracking cookies? Rootkit's? idk what they consider possible malware but that has me cautious.
(2)D2 owner’s claim that the database copy was taken from a July 2012 backup just after Demonoid’s shutdown.
- Copy of the database after it was shut down?! If it was shut down and op's were arrested who would have access to the database after it was shut down?
(3)“What you see is the tracker database of the old Demonoid. We aren’t launching the forum at this time but we do plan to start an IRC channel in the near future so the community can interact in real time,” the admin explains.
- It's very easy to make the internet anonymous if no one is trying to trace you, however when they are aware of your presence you can be followed back through proxies, bounces, etc if you are on a live connection much easier. If the tracks were covered and went cold, they may never find you but if the tracks are hot...
(4) “No former admins have been involved with this rebranding or launch. This effort is independent and undertaken entirely for the benefit of the community. We do welcome past community moderators to help with d2 if they wish,”
- Seemingly very inviting... Come, step right up, implicate yourself... Hand yourself over to us... Join us.. We will pretend to be your friends for a few months while we monitor you and all of your contacts....
(5) “If the previous admin group wanted the admin role back we’d have to figure out how to verify that it’s really them and then we’d work it out,” we were informed.
- Mad that we're running a site under your name? Getting donations based on your hard work? We'll gladly give it back, just prove it's you with a bank statement and legal mailing address to prove it's you...
Source of the quoted text is torrent freak. I've edited the link so that it's not clickable. just the http & .com parts. hxxp://torrentfreak.c0m/demonoid-resurrected-an-interview-with-the-admins-of-d2-vu-130509/
Ehhh I doubt it's a sting man...even if it is my uncles a lawyer, and from what I've gathered from him is that these pirate fishers are rarely successful. Often sending lawsuits with no intent on taking people to court but instead to scare them into paying a few thousand dollar fine via mail. As long as you don't respond to it there isn't anything they can really do. The successful cases come from those who are tried in distribution/sales of pirated material.
Yeah, that sounds quite fanciful. They're not going to break the law by putting malware on your computer. Especially when they can simply monitor your IP like any other torrent.
I still don't feel that comfortable using it. It was barely active last time I checked so the ghost town aspect is rather depressing...
Hopefully this one becomes as good as demonoid. Hopefully...