Popular torrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB) may be down, but not necessarily out. Or more precisely, not out for good. The site was taken offline following a raid by Swedish police in which authorities seized personal computers, servers, and other electronic equipment. Now, two weeks later, the always-defiant crew behind the site has given a signal that TPB is on its way back.
According to TorrentFreak, TPB's nameservers were updated this morning to new ones controlled by their domain name registrar binero.se. Furthermore, the main domain has started pointing to a different IP address than before, which is now connected to a server hosted in Moldova.
When you visit TPB, all you'll see is a waving pirate flag flanked by a clock towards the top of the site that's keeping track of the time that's passed since the raid, and an AES string of characters at the bottom. However, based on everything else that's going on, it would appear that TBP is on its way to being resurrected.
After it went down two weeks ago, TPB co-founder Peter Sunde said he hoped the site would stay offline, adding that it already served its purpose and that he's "not been a fan of what TPB has become."
TPB has proven hard to sink on a permanent basis. This time around, numerous mirror sites popped up after the main site was taken down, including one by rival site Isohunt, which decided to host a working archive complete with a functioning search engine, catalog of all the old listings, and working magnet links.
Careful visiting the site, however, as there are some sketchy ads in place. When we closed out the browser tab that had the site open, a new one popped up claiming to be a Windows firewall warning and that we might be infected with a virus. It prompted us to call a toll free number on how to remove it, a common scam that's proven effective against less savvy users.