Pirate Bay DOWN – World’s most popular torrent site goes OFFLINE after 1337x hit by attack
The Pirate Bay is down for a number of users this past day. With visitors of the torrent site meet with an alarming error message.
When people have tried accessing The Pirate Bay recently they’ve been treated by a CloudFlare error message. The Error 520 message says the “web server is returning an unknown error”, according to TorrentFreak. Pirate Bay was not the only torrent site that was facing issues. 1337x.to was also suffering downtime, while TorrentDownloads – one of the top ten torrent sites – is also experiencing difficulties. Site’s operator a week ago said the torrent search engine was under attack which may still be ongoing. Pirate Bay team told TF that the downtime is cause by a network issue and it should be cleared up soon.The torrent site appears to be coming back online for some users while others are still reporting issues with it.
The Pirate Bay outage comes during a year in which a number of popular torrent websites such as Kickass Torrents, ExtraTorrent and Torrentz.eu have all shut down.
These sites are blocked after the penalties for online piracy have become more severe and ahead of Google launching its Chrome ad blocker.
The upcoming ad blocker is expected to have a big effect on torrent sites and the revenue they bring in.
Adverts that will be affected are those which don’t fall within the “better ads standards” including pop-up ads.
The pirate bay outage
The Pirate Bay outage left some torrenters fearing the site has suffered the same fate as Kickass Torrents, which was shut down earlier this year.
One user tweeted: “They shut down Pirate Bay”.
Others were just stunned the major TV and movie torrent download portal was offline.
One Pirate Bay user posted on Twitter: “Pirate Bay is down. Idk what to do with my life anymore…”
While another added: “Pirate bay is down?!”
And one tweeted: “Still pirate bay is DOWN”.
The Pirate Bay issues comes after last week the operators of 1337x said the torrent site was under attack, which still may be ongoing.