Pirates in the sky? File-sharing giants go to the Cloud

Friday 19th October 2012 | David


The Pirate Bay has moved its operations to avoid police raids and to keep costs down.

Let’s face it: many of us have done it at some point. Millions of people love The Pirate Bay and now it has become much more likely to live on. The whole operation has been moved to the Cloud, which the people behind the file-sharing site say will make running it cheaper, and will also avoid police raids.

The new plan will see TPB’s servers being hosted by multiple providers, which can be scattered across the globe. If a Cloud provider cuts them off, they can simply move onto the next one and buy more virtual servers. It’s undoubtedly very clever stuff, and it only gets cleverer.

Those looking to shut down the site could be led on a wild goose chase to nowhere. A spokesperson for TPB has told TorrentFreak that “there are no servers to take, just a transit router”, if they get raided again. This in turn will only lead to “disc-less servers” and, should the Cloud provider be discovered, “encrypted disk-images”. Additionally, servers not communicating with the load balancer for over eight hours automatically shut down, and server access can only be granted to those with the encryption password. You’ve got to hand it to the brains behind TPB – they sure as hell know what they’re doing.

It would take nothing short of a miracle to get to “the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site” now, which is sure to please their droves of loyal users. With far less downtime expected to be the only major change, the swashbuckling file-sharers are sailing onwards.



By Dave Rees