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The Pirate Bay Suffering Global Outage From Massive DDoS Attack

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the dvd-sales-up-500-percent dept.

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MoldySpore writes "If anyone has tried to get to The Pirate Bay in the last 24 hours, they have most likely been met with a timeout. As an article on TorrentFreak notes, only a week ago The Pirate Bay scolded Anonymous for its attack on ISP Virgin Media, and now the site is currently the victim of a DDoS attack that is effectively keeping people from viewing the site. There is a lot of speculation as to whether this is retaliation from Anonymous, the work of an agency such as the RIAA and their associates, or an anti-pirate company such as PiratePay." Cyberwarfare? Pimple-faced teenagers? Someone screwed up the routing tables?

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anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018709)

probably anonymous. idiots to the core.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018919)

probably anonymous. idiots to the core.

If I wanted to discredit someone ... what would you do?

pfizer's viagra plant gets burned down and you're some political entity begging for publicity. What would you do?

We burned down the Pfizer Viagra plant because we're against females enjoying more male hard-ons!

Get it?

What's in the press - even if it's reported honestly (Fox News not included because it's rarely honest.) - can be manipulated.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (5, Funny)

Githaron (2462596) | about 2 years ago | (#40019025)

probably anonymous. idiots to the core.

Great. Now Anonymous is going to DDOS Slashdot.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019787)

aka slashdotted

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (5, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40019045)

No anonymous is likely the U.S. government..... either they invented anonymous or they hijacked it, in order to setup false flags to justify why they need cyberwarfare and a locked-down internet.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (4, Insightful)

Bam_Thwok (2625953) | about 2 years ago | (#40019159)

You base this on what, exactly? How cool of a Tom Clancy novel it would make? Seriously. Do you have even a shred of evidence that this is the case? FOIA-obtained documents that describe an agency receiving funding for this operation? An interview with an official or member of the gov or anonymous leaking the details relationship? Anything?

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (3, Funny)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40019251)

No I retract.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019539)

Anonymous hijacked his account and posted that. Now Anonymous (coward) is posting this.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019645)

If it had been Anonymous, it would have said "disregard that, I suck cocks."

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019909)

No, that would just mean they read a lot of bash.org

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019631)

It's too late, you're already a dick.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (2)

PhilHibbs (4537) | about 2 years ago | (#40019735)

Whereas you are an exemplar of reason and erudite discourse. Bravo!

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019313)

You base this on what, exactly? How cool of a Tom Clancy novel it would make? Seriously. Do you have even a shred of evidence that this is the case? FOIA-obtained documents that describe an agency receiving funding for this operation? An interview with an official or member of the gov or anonymous leaking the details relationship? Anything?

Yes. The evidence is that The People(tm) — most importantly, people from the internet — are infallible, as I'm one of them. Therefore, any action they take must be noble, just, and right, as well as well-thought-out and understood, else that would counteract the fact that the internet, as a collective of minds with infinite capacity, must always come up with the correct answer, because we nerds are obviously so smart. Any action that is not noble, just, and right, therefore, must be the work of sinister evil government forces. As we all know, government forces are stupid. This allows anyone on the internet to immediately ascertain where they're lurking, even without physical evidence and even in the presence of denials by all parties involved. QED.

I cannot see any long-term problems with this line of thinking, and since I'm a part of the internet, I cannot be wrong about this. Someone on an IRC server said so.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (4, Funny)

darkpixel2k (623900) | about 2 years ago | (#40020071)

I cannot be wrong about this. Someone on an IRC server said so.

You got someone on IRC to agree with you? You must be a god...

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019445)

Closest thing would be Sabu working to reveal the others in LulzSec.

But that is about all I could think of.

He still goin' to prison to hang with Bubba regardless.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019511)

Conjugal visits, white collar prison... or federal pound-em-in-the-ass prison?

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#40019897)

He neither ruined thousands of lives by ruining their financial situation nor squandered billions of tax funds into his own pockets. So PITA prison it probably is.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019505)

Just because there's no evidence of it, doesn't mean it's not true, I've had the though that this 'could' be a false-flag operation.

However, Anon has made the CIA/FBI both look somewhat foolish in the last year, I would think that if Anon were a false-flag operation, they would keep their targets away from their employers.

Of course, Anon's membership is somewhat .. fluid, as far as I understand. So people could claim to be Anon, when in fact they are not. The RIAA/MPAA on the other hand, would presumably not have any qualms about launching cyber attacks through a proxy organisation on TPB, given TPB's very public thumbing of noses towards them. If I were the RIAA/MPAA and was falsely claiming responsibility for the TPB attacks, on Anon's behalf... Well, I would expect Anon to retaliate against the RIAA/MPAA. I look forward to reading about that, if that is the case. :)

I don't really agree with Anon all the time, at least not of all the targets they choose. But you know what, I AM glad that SOMEONE sticks up for their online rights in a powerful way; the rest of us that follow the letter of the laws in our country are a limited. Anon does what they do for ALL of us. This generation's version of peaceful protest.

Watch out for gustapo jackboot thugs knocking down your doors though guys, they'll cross state and country lines, operating with impunity of the law, when it suits them. Funny, how the laws only apply to us "proles" hey, and not to "the law" itself. And they wonder why organisations like lulz and Anon and Occupy crop up.

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." - - Princess Leia

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (4, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | about 2 years ago | (#40019991)

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." - - Princess Leia

Followed, not long after, by:

"You may fire when ready." -- Tarkin.

Something to think about, that.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (2)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 2 years ago | (#40019907)

US "Government", no. But certain intelligence agencies would have to be stupid beyond comprehension not to use Anonymous and their reputation as a great tool.

False flag operations are routine (0)

EnergyScholar (801915) | about 2 years ago | (#40019457)

CPU might choose to retract the statement, but it's still valid. If you know much about much about how government Intelligence Agencies do their thing, you will know that false flag deception operations are routine. Anonymous was originally created circa 2005 by Hacktivismo, a branch of the cDc, under the tutelage of the Ninja Strike Force Dojo, but now anyon[sic] can correctly claim to be Anonymous.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 2 years ago | (#40019479)

Hmmmm anonymous is the actions of any person or group who does not release their name and instead, claims to be anonymous.

One does not hijack anonymous because there is no Anonymous. Its anyone who wants to be it.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019523)

So, then, by that logic, it is ALWAYS anonymous.

In the tin foil hat case... the gov't could announce the attack on PB. Those that choose to participate, are. So, basically, using their infrastructure and ignorance. :)

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 years ago | (#40019503)

> attack on ISP Virgin Media

Nerds with a chip on their shoulder and any phrase with "virgin" in it -- this never ends well.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (2)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#40019669)

Well, they are anonymous but I seriously doubt they're Anonymous. My guess would be the M.A.F.I.A.A. Remember the Sony rootkit? If they'll hack their own paying customers' computers wtf makes anybody think they wouldn't attack the Pirate Bay?

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (3, Interesting)

LilGuy (150110) | about 2 years ago | (#40019811)

How do you hijack a group that everyone is a part of whether or not they know it?

Amorphous groups have exactly this problem. Anyone can say they're a part of it to benefit their own agenda and therefore the group itself is nothing more than all of us who bite into certain ideas at certain times. Calling yourself a part of anonymous is like calling yourself a part of humanity. Except the connotation with Anonymous is that you have some sort of specific agenda at a specific time and/or place.

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#40019737)

Why are you so sure it was them? They are not the only ones using these methods [torrentfreak.com] .

Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 2 years ago | (#40019905)

By that standard, it could easily be the **AAs as well. Just saying...

zzzzzzzzz (0)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about 2 years ago | (#40018719)

I'm really starting to feel like the best way to describe the Pirate Bay drama and pirate-activism in general is "jumped the shark." I agree with them and all, but this shit is getting so stupid it's boring.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018881)

It ain't boring or inconsequential to the folks who go jail over it.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (0)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about 2 years ago | (#40018989)

Well, I'm just saying that with this much pointless intrigue and backbiting, they should really do something to stay fresh. Maybe take a page from pro wrestling and introduce some homoeroticism.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019015)

The assholes on both sides of this pissing contest deserve to go to jail. Give the MAFIAA and the Pirates adjoining cells and let the mainstream have their internet back.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#40019127)

As tired as you might be of pirate whatever, I'm about a thousand times more tired of mainstream corporate whatever.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (0)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about 2 years ago | (#40019177)

Hey, amen, brother. All I'm saying is that this has reached a critical mass where we'd probably be better off if all of any related whatever just did a fucking sundive.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#40019603)

Normally one wouldn't want to toss the baby out with the bath water.

However, this "baby" is, at this point, a tazmanian devil wrestling with an angry badger.

Toss away, toss away.

Re:zzzzzzzzz (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40019483)

No. I need piratebay so I can download Mythbusters season 1, not take a "sundive'. (Is that like a nosedive, but sun first.)

Re:zzzzzzzzz (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#40019963)

What kinda culture is this? The fast-food-news generation? What may I expect next? Oh, sure, a hurricane swept across the lower parts of the US and a few millions are still in tents, but that is so last week, hey, look, the next season of American Idiot is starting!

WTF is wrong with you people?

Why bother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018749)

This must be exactly the kind of thing that highly paid consultants are hired for. Except of course, they'll be upset that no one got paid. Probably...

Can't Be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018763)

Nah, it can't be Anonymous, they only managed to stay organized and motivated for, at most, a couple hours. 24+ hours would be impressive for them, at least for something that isn't widely hated like Scientology. Though it is the kind of retaliatory pissing contest they'd stoop to.

Works for me (4, Interesting)

Mortimer82 (746766) | about 2 years ago | (#40018771)

I'm in Cork, Ireland. Maybe it's a US thing.

Re:Works for me (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018829)

Works fine for me. And I'm in the UK.

DDoS and filter can't stop me getting my delicious booty. Suck it bean-dips.

Re:Works for me (4, Informative)

billcopc (196330) | about 2 years ago | (#40018937)

Works fine if I go through the Netherlands, but locally from Canada I get the timeout.

I'd say it's either a routing error, some of their servers down, or censorship. Pick whichever you prefer.

Re:Works for me (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 2 years ago | (#40019293)

Working fine for me in Canada. Today's graphic is a phoenix ship, kind of a cool logo.

Er, I mean, what's Pirate Bay? Never heard of it until just today.

Re:Works for me (5, Interesting)

heypete (60671) | about 2 years ago | (#40019017)

I'm getting timeouts from Switzerland and from a US VPN, both uncensored.

According to traceroutes on the Swiss network things start timing out immediately after my upstream gateway while still internal to my ISPs network, which suggests a routing problem. Similar behavior on the US VPN.

Re:Works for me (1)

cdrnet (1582149) | about 2 years ago | (#40019723)

UPC Cablecom (Switzerland, Zurich) - times out right after the first router (static.cablecom.ch)
Init7 (Switzerland, Zurich) - works perfectly fine (via portlane.net)

Re:Works for me (1)

heypete (60671) | about 2 years ago | (#40019867)

UPC Cablecom (Switzerland, Zurich) - times out right after the first router (static.cablecom.ch)
Init7 (Switzerland, Zurich) - works perfectly fine (via portlane.net)

I'm on Cablecom at home and see the same behavior you do.

Connections from the University of Bern (SWITCH to Portlane to Serious Tubes) work fine.

Re:Works for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019417)

Works fine in Canada as well, both
http:// and https://

versions connect instantly.

Canada: no problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019567)

No problem for me in Canada.

Guess I owe Centurylink an apology... (4, Interesting)

geminidomino (614729) | about 2 years ago | (#40018777)

Centurylink has been having some routing issues the past few days (which is why I STILL haven't been able to download my Torchlight 2 Beta!) and I was beginning to suspect that they might have come about by them playing stupid routing tricks to block TPB.

I've had DSL with them for 8 years now and they've given me as close to a raw pipe as I'm likely to get, and that would have pissed me off to no end, since the fact that they don't fuck with me is the primary reason I pay more and tend to be mellow about the occasional outage, because, and I quote, "At least they're not Comcast."

Re:Guess I owe Centurylink an apology... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019619)

no one gives a shit. stop trying to sound like jon stewart with the "and i quote" shit. it's pathetic.

Re:Guess I owe Centurylink an apology... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40020057)

Whatever you say loser. What a sad lonely man you must be.

Phew..... (2)

trancemission (823050) | about 2 years ago | (#40018799)

https://tpb.pirateparty.org.uk/ [pirateparty.org.uk]

Site goes up - site goes down - site goes up - whack a mole etc....

This cat is a long way of out the bag :)

'Anonymous' are a distraction.......

Mirrors, magnet links (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#40018845)

When the entire content of TPB is available as a small archive of magnet links, hosted on numerous sites around the world, what's the point of a DDOS?

Re:Mirrors, magnet links (3, Insightful)

Isaac Remuant (1891806) | about 2 years ago | (#40018955)

I assume that, given the widespread public knowledge of TPB's website, it disrupts people who are used to it being their only torrent search mechanism.

Re:Mirrors, magnet links (4, Informative)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 2 years ago | (#40019283)

Well, TPB has the established community. So you have people who have been there for 5, 10 years saying a file is good or bad, virus alert is a false positive, etc. Otherwise it's just a list of torrents which you can get anywhere.

Re:Mirrors, magnet links (1)

AnalogDiehard (199128) | about 2 years ago | (#40019803)

When the entire content of TPB is available as a small archive of magnet links, hosted on numerous sites around the world, what's the point of a DDOS?

All those torrents are uesless without the index database, which the DDOS is preventing access to.

Global eh? (5, Informative)

lostsoulz (1631651) | about 2 years ago | (#40018849)

https://tpb.pirateparty.org.uk/ [pirateparty.org.uk]

^_^

Re:Global eh? (1)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | about 2 years ago | (#40019207)

Yeah, thats down too, bud

Re:Global eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019329)

As this part of the UK doesn't seems to be affected (front page appears, searches work and torrent pages are fine), so maybe "global" has a new meaning that I haven't heard of, or maybe the world is so sick of the UK that we are in exile? OTOH, piratebay.se is not responding.

Re:Global eh? (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | about 2 years ago | (#40019229)

Yes. Global.

The Pirate Bay seems to be down!

This isn't what you expected!

We'd appreciate it if you could try again in this time, however we realise there are some people out there that ignore this and continue to click refresh, hit F5 and things trying to get to see if it's working yet. This proxy is provided by the The Pirate Party UK.

They could also use a proofreader.

Seems to work OK now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018867)

I just tried to load the site and had no problems?

Re:Seems to work OK now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019093)

Seems down for me. Could be that you're an exception, but I would first check whether the page came from a proxy or your local cache.

Working here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40018977)

works fine here in CA, U.S.A.
was just on it before coming here

Too many people trying to download Diablo 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019047)

'Nuff said.

Cyberwarfare? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019089)

"Cyberwarfare? Pimple-faced teenagers? Someone screwed up the routing tables?"

Revolution? Vacation? Somebody fart?

value (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019105)

and nothing of value was lost.

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019121)

But how will I get my Linux ISOs and public domain music and movies? That's what The Pirate Bay is for, right?

Anonymous Manifesto (3, Insightful)

jklovanc (1603149) | about 2 years ago | (#40019205)

Anonymous is for an open and free internet with one exception; criticize us and we will shut you down.

To me that is the height of hypocracy.

Re:Anonymous Manifesto (0)

war4peace (1628283) | about 2 years ago | (#40019327)

What's a "Hypocracy"?

Re:Anonymous Manifesto (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019949)

What's a "Hypocracy"?

Government by hypocrites. In other words, government.

Re:Anonymous Manifesto (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40019391)

+1 Insightful.

This attack on piratebay makes anonymous look like hypocrites (since they are doing RIAA/MPAA's desired goal). Also childish.

Re:Anonymous Manifesto (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#40020055)

So far I have not seen any kind of confirmation (hell, not even a sensible and half way credible hint or accusation that was neither a jump to a quick conclusion nor a piss in the wind) that it was them, care to share your source?

Re:Anonymous Manifesto (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019589)

Yeah I think I'm with you on this.

Anon and TPB should be on the same side. If TPB is attempting to maintain some air of legitimacy, then if asked publicly, yes, I think they SHOULD be saying that the illegal DDOS attacks should be halted. Especially if those attacks are hurting "users" and not just the corps that are Anon's opponents.

Which makes me wonder if it IS a false-flag by a Mega-corp, Anon usually chooses funner targets, Sony, FBI, etc. Not their own "allies".

Its anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019209)

I kinda hope it turns out to be the RIAA (I know it isn't) since DDoS attacks are illegal in many of the countries where they occur regularly. If someone could prove an organization of that type was guilty of an actual crime like that, it would be awesome.

Mirror, mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019373)

...of The Bay,
I can find it, anyway.

d3 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019433)

Obviously this is because of Diablo III Launch.

Not seeing routes coming for this (2)

Samiti (642561) | about 2 years ago | (#40019507)

thepiratebay.se resolves to 194.71.107.15 for me. Looking at our routing tables, we aren't seeing routes from our upstreams for a block that contains this address.

Re:Not seeing routes coming for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019591)

The transits have currently been shut down (prefix withdrawn) to avoid upstreams getting hammered by the DDOS.

Re:Not seeing routes coming for this (2)

Samiti (642561) | about 2 years ago | (#40019667)

That's what I figured. I do see that Hurricane Electric, which is directly peered with Serious Tubes, still has a valid route there...making me think that 194.71.107.0/24 is still being announced at the source.

slashdotting them should help out (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019541)

:p

Connected to C&W issues yesterday? (3, Informative)

expat.iain (1337021) | about 2 years ago | (#40019583)

From around 1730hrs yesterday, Cable & Wireless started having huge (95% packet loss) issues for about 90 minutes in the Holland/Germany area. Was interesting to note that trying to reach (from remote locations in Europe) two sites we have in Sweden, one (on Telia) was fine, but another was mostly offline. We're still waiting to receive a report from C&W about the outage.

Never used Pirate Bay... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40019725)

I've never used the pirate bay since I've been on the internet since 1992. I never will.
If there's something I can't get because of the money then I just don't buy it.
If there's something that I've never heard or seen then I don't know about it, and it doesn't matter anyway. Lost sale.

Honestly, people who use the pirate bay are children who think they are "entitled".
(waa waa but I want my candy and can't have it... waaa waaaa)
Well you aren't, so get over it. I've never heard a bigger bunch of losers.

 

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