Any chance of a Demonoid revival suddenly thrust into the trash bin, as the BitTorrent tracker’s domains are now on sale after Ukrainian authorities took down its servers last week.
The three fundamental domains of Demonoid, namely Demonoid.com, Demonoid.me and Demonoid.ph, are now up for sale to the highest bidder on Sedo, a marketplace and website for domain names.
BitTorrent news web site Torrentfreak received info from an unnamed source that Demonoid’s governing body, which it claims to be based in Mexico, is facing a probe after several arrests and seizures of asset have been made.
Colocall, the datacenter that hosts Demonoid servers, saw Ukrainian government investigators emerge as they pulled the plug on its servers.
TorrentFreak’s source reported, “Investigators have copied all the information from the servers [used by] Demonoid and sealed them. Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site.”
Demonoid was not in violation of any laws in Ukraine, regardless of the fact that its servers were in the European country’s largest datacenter. The site’s administrators even filtered all local IP addresses in the country to block citizens and avoid hitting the red light from the government, which eventually was not enough to stop authorities.
Demonoid domains will likely sell at a good price to the winning bidder because of its high traffic. However, buyers will be reluctant to relaunch it as a BitTorrent site after the incident.