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Demonoid domain names up for sale following busts

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by David Murphy, 13 Aug 2012News
Demonoid domain names up for sale following busts

Bad news for those expecting the BitTorrent site Demonoid to somehow spring up from the ashes after last week's alleged bust. The Demonoid domain names are now officially for sale via Sedo, the final nail in the coffin for the popular site that was taken down via a combined assault from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and Interpol.

Inquiries and investigations spanned both the Ukraine and Mexico, arriving in the wake of a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that kept Demonoid offline for a week or so prior to authorities going after Demonoid's hosting and leadership.

"The operation to close Demonoid was a great example of international cooperation to tackle a service that was facilitating the illegal distribution of music on a vast scale. I would like to thank all those officers involved in this operation to close a business that was built on the abuse of other people's rights," said IFPI anti-piracy director Jeremy Banks in a statement.

While the site's only tech admin was hopeful that Demonoid would return in some capacity following the DDOS attack, reports TorrentFreak, it appears that the towel has finally been thrown in on the popular torrent community.

There's no listed price for just how much the three Demonoid domains are going for: demonoid.me, demonoid.com, and demonoid.ph. The Sedo sale is of the "make an offer" variety, and eight such offers have been submitted as of this article's writing. Unfortunately, Sedo doesn't list exactly what these offers are, or even give a ballpark as to what interested buyers are bidding for the domain.

"Selling the domains now while traffic to Demonoid remains high should ensure a good price for the vendor, but it seems unlikely that any buyer would look to relaunch as a torrent site," writes TorrentFreak's "enigmax."

It remains to be seen whether individual Demonoid users will be ultimately targeted as a result of the seizures and shutdown. Ukrainian authorities are allegedly in possession of all Demonoid data as a result of their Demonoid investigation, although Demonoid's ISP, Colocall, claims that no information was ever seized by authorities and that the ISP voluntarily terminated its relationship with Demonoid following an inquiry by Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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