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Pirate Cloud: Pirate Bay Moves to the Cloud

Pirate Cloud: Pirate Bay Moves to the Cloud

The Pirate Bay has had more than its fair share of hassle with the authorities. In 2006 Swedish police raided their servers, temporarily taking the website offline (similar to what recently happened when Demonoid went down) and then earlier this year the website was blocked though many internet ISP providers around the globe. Now, The Pirate Bay is fighting back and switching over to the Pirate Cloud, a cloud based version of the popular torrent site.


What is the Cloud?

pirate cloudThe Cloud that is hosting the Pirate Cloud (or Pirate Bay in the Cloud) is a system of virtual servers that allow data, information and files to be stored online without hosting severs. Examples of this are used in everyday technology including common business communications platforms like CMS and intranet. Most people use Cloud as virtual storage, to back-up their computer and even to purchase or share files. Popular versions of the Cloud include Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

Cloud works by storing data in a virtual server, usually powered by physical servers but not dependent on them. The Cloud allows data to be stored online without physical, hard copy backup to a drive except as an encrypted disk image.

Pirate Bay Moves to Pirate Cloud

Pirate Bay announced on their blog that they are now the Pirate Cloud, and amid a bit of cryptic fun, they stated that the Pirate Bay is now impossible to take down. The move to Pirate Cloud can actually make them virtually untouchable because, as they say, the Cloud servers hosting the Pirate Cloud don’t even know that they’re hosting the contraband site.

Most Cloud servers don’t ask what is being stored on the servers, meaning that the Pirate Bay can safely transfer their information and the torrents from Cloud to Cloud without risk of being caught. Since they no longer have servers that can be shut down, only a transit router, they can easily move, leaving no trace and nothing to shut down that would allow governments to take them offline.

The blog post reads “All attempts to attack The Pirate Bay from now on is an attack on everything and nothing,”

The Pirate Bay is currently hosted at cloud hosting companies in two countries where they run several Virtual Machine (VM) instances.

Running on VMs cuts down operation costs and complexity. For example, we never need anyone to do hands-on work like earlier this month when we were down for two days because someone had to fix a broken power distribution unit.

If the police decide to raid us again there are no servers to take, just a transit router. If they follow the trail to the next country and find the load balancer, there is just a disk-less server there. In case they find out where the cloud provider is, all they can get are encrypted disk-images”

The Pirate Bay also says that their data is now flowing through thousands of clouds, ready to be used and downloaded at any time. The nodes that transcript the data are encrypted and set to boot into deadlock if not used within 8 hours, a security precaution that would prevent government officials from using them.

Essentially, the already disapproved of Pirate Bay has now become a ghost, impossible to track and even harder to shut down. Whether or not it will deter the authorities for long is another question entirely.

The Pirate Bay was blocked in many European countries through the ISP, this still holds true despite the switch to the Pirate Cloud.  Users who want to know how to access the Pirate Bay or Pirate Cloud in an area that has blocked the ISP should consider using a IP blocker or internet Proxy. One of the most famous, set up for the Pirate bay/Pirate Cloud is the PirateProxy. However, please take into consideration that downloading copyrighted torrents is illegal and we do not support or encourage illegal downloading in any way. You can feel free to download non-copyrighted torrents such as copies of books older than 75 years, community commons material and anything else that is either not copyrighted or the copyright has run out on.

Remember that downloading torrents can get you into trouble with the law, as an example, check out the Joel Tenebaum case or the recent string of cases against persons downloading adult content.