THE PIRATE BAY IS BACK ONLINE!

February 4, 2015 – 3:16 pm

The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB was back online on January 31, 2015 , more than seven weeks after its servers were raided. The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar .se domain and it appears that data loss is minimal. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.

Early December 2014, The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm. After being down for two weeks the domain came back online waving a pirate flag on its temporary homepage.

TPB later added a countdown to February 1, 2015, alongside several hints that the site would reappear that day.

On January 31, it can be reported that The Pirate Bay has lived up to the comeback expectations, with a comeback one day ahead of schedule. On January 31, the site started serving torrents to the masses again, much to the delight of millions of users. The Pirate Bay’s homepage currently features a Phoenix.

The Pirate Bay doesn’t have any ads at the moment but the look and feel of the site is familiar, and the user accounts are working properly too. The “Contact Us,” “RSS” and “Register” links are not operational yet and result in a 404 error.

Based on the recent torrents it appears that data loss is minimal. The latest upload was on December 9 last year, the same day TPB’s servers were raided.

There is one quite significant change though. The Pirate Bay staff can no longer access the moderation panel.

Earlier this week TPB staff already told us that they would be locked out of the reborn site. This kind of streamlining would make the site easier to manage and reduce the risk of being brought down for a third time.

However, these planned “optimizations” caused mutiny among the site’s original staff members.

WTC-SWE, one of the lead admins of The Pirate Bay, told us that they are launching their own version of the Pirate Bay, which they believe will be the real one.

These “former” staff members will also relaunch the official Suprbay forums. Interestingly, Thepiratebay.se is no longer listing Suprbay in its links section.

To make the matter even more confusing, Pirate Bay’s downtime spurred the development of various spin-offs, all of which have steady userbases of their own. Isohunt.to’s OldPirateBay.org is currently the largest, with millions of visitors per day and the number one spot for the search term Pirate Bay in Google.

It will be interesting to see if thepiratebay.se can reclaim these visitors during the months to come.

Update January 31, 2015:
A former TPB staffer informed TF that the moderation interface is indeed gone.

Update January 31, 2015:
TPB has some connection issues every now and then, probably because of the huge amount of traffic. [Ed: By February 2, 2015, connection issues seem to have been sorted out.]

Update February 2, 2015:
THE PIRATE BAY ALREADY HAS A POLLUTION PROBLEM

The Pirate Bay has been back for a few days but all is not well. Aside from the site having serious stability problems and decreased functionality, it’s already being flooded with fake uploads of the latest movies. Revelations that the site would no longer ‘employ’ admins and moderators to maintain what was the world’s most popular torrent site sounded some big alarm bells. While it’s still early days, reputations are fragile in the fickle world of file-sharing. Those lucky enough to get on The Pirate Bay on February 2 (Cloudflare and caching errors permitting) found that searches (that’s to say when the search feature worked) revealed a somewhat sorry picture. Some fakes had been present for three days, something that would never have happened when the site used mods to remove junk. Also problematic is the lack of user comments. Without this user feedback people will become victims of spam and worse.

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Update February 3, 2015:
PIRATE BAY RESPONDS TO CLOUDFLARE AND MODERATION CONCERNS

The Pirate Bay has responded to concerns about its use of US-based CDN service CloudFlare. Several people voiced concerns that this would make it easy for US authorities to spy on Pirate Bay’s users. According to the people behind the site, this is only a temporary measure to reduce the load on its servers. In addition, TPB now asks users to report fake torrents, noting that the staff’s moderating capabilities are disabled for security reasons. To deal with the spam and fake torrent problem they’ve now added a report link to every torrent details page. Already, several flagged torrents have been removed from the site so the report button seems to work. Whether it will be as effective as a full team of moderators has yet to be seen.

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Note: Visit TorrentFreak for more updates.

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