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BTJunkie shut down

It seems that BTJunkie has decided to voluntarily shut down.

BTJunkie goodbye

Damn… I never used them personally, but… that all of this nonsense cropping up ever since the MU incident is affecting so many… so many sites going dark, going offline… I can’t say I feel good about it.

BTJunkie was an advanced BitTorrent search engine operating between 2005 and 2012. It used a web crawler (similar to Google) to search for torrent files from other torrent sites and store it in its database. It had nearly 4,000,000 active torrents and about 4,200 torrents added daily (compared to runner-up Torrent Portal with 1,500), making it the largest torrent site indexer on the web. During 2011, BTJunkie was the 5th most popular BitTorrent site.

On 5 February 2012, BTJunkie decided to voluntarily shut down and left a notice on its front web page that reads “This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!”

Information borrowed from Wikipedia.

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Cheggit no more – gone for good.

If you don’t know what Cheggit was, it was the current biggest porno tracker in the world. In the past, there was PureTNA and Empornium, and both of those went down at the same time. At which time, everyone migrated to the then 3rd biggest – Cheggit. The influx of disembodied users from the two other sides mostly ended up going to Cheggit, and it ended up the biggest porno tracker in the world.

Cheggit has been supposedly under technical maintenance for the past week, but it turns out the Admins were just slapping one another’s cocks together deciding what to do in light of all the legal actions in wake of MegaUpload.

If you hadn’t heard – most file sharing sites have went dark after MegaUpload went down, in fear of the same happening to them. Others, they removed hundreds of thousands of files and banned thousands of users. DDLing for anime, for instance, has nearly screeched to a halt on some popular sharing sites.

Cheggit going away though… that’s a big hit. That was the biggest tracker for porn. In other words, it’s a lot like if Megaupload, Wikipedia, Twitter or Youtube were to suddenly refuse service.

You can see some smug little anti-piracy bastard gloating about it here.

Seems like most people are going to the new Empornium (hell, I didn’t even know it existed), or Deviloid. I’ve been on Deviloid for over a year and I can tell you that it’s not that great. Its search sucks and it has pretty poor peerage. Not very well presentations either. So, if you’re coming from Cheggit looking for a new home… Empornium is probably the place to go…….. again.

Anyways, here’s some info about file sharing sites:

MegaUpload – Closed.
FileServe – Deleting multiple files. Closed affiliate program.
FileJungle – (Owned by FileServe) Deleting multiple files. Testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.
UploadStation – (Owned by FileServe) Deleting multiple files. Testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.
FileSonic – (Owned by FileServe)Sharing disabled. Closed affiliate program. Deleting files and accounts.Testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.
VideoBB – (Owned by FileServe)Closed affiliate program.
Uploaded.to – Banned USA IP addresses.
FilePost – Started suspending accounts with infringing material (doing what Hotfile did)
VideoZer – Closed affiliate program.
4shared – Deleting multiple files.

– MegaUpload – Closed.
– FileServe – Closing does not sell premium.
– FileJungle – Deleting files. Locked in the U.S..
– UploadStation – Locked in the U.S..
– FileSonic – the news is arbitrary (under FBI investigation).
– VideoBB – Closed! would disappear soon.
– Uploaded – Banned U.S. and the FBI went after the owners who are gone.
– FilePost – Deleting all material (so will leave executables, pdfs, txts)
– Videoz – closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA.
– 4shared – Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI.
– MediaFire – Called to testify in the next 90 days and it will open doors pro FBI
-Org torrent – could vanish with everything within 30 days “he is under criminal investigation”
– Network Share mIRC – awaiting the decision of the case to continue or terminate Torrente everything.
– Koshiki – operating 100% Japan will not join the SOUP / PIPA
– Shienko Box – 100% working china / korea will not join the SOUP / PIPA
– ShareX BR – group UOL / BOL / iG say they will join the SOUP / PIPA

Damn, when will this shit stop?

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H.R. 1981

Since I’m on the tangent, I figure I should go ahead and mention another law that we could get if we don’t fight against it. And that is…

The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. The name is very misleading. It actually has very little to do with child pornography, and much more to do with monitoring everything we do.

This Anti-porn bill won’t protect children, but it could cripple the Internet. It is arguably the biggest threat to civil liberties now under consideration in the United States. The potential victims: everyone who uses the Internet.

A better name for this bill would be “The Removal of Privacy and Encouragement of Blackmail by Law Enforcement Act of 2011.” The problem, as they say, is that it’s too hard to catch child pornographers, and okay, that’s probably true. But their solution is retarded. Under language approved 19 to 10 by a House comitte, your ISP would be required to track and inspect every single data packet you send or receive (read: ALL of your Internet activity) and save it for 18 months, along with your name, the address where you live, your bank account numbers, your credit card numbers, and your IP addresses you’ve been assigned.

And all they would have to do to get that information? Just ask. That’s it. Under the bill, the government would not need any warrant to look at all your data. It could just ask the ISP to hand it over. It doesn’t even have to say please. Some overzealous county sheriff could simply get all the data from everyone living in his territory and sift through it like the most creepy voyeur you could possibly imagine, all under the premise that some crime must be happening somewhere.

And well, the safety of your data? Just look at Sony Playstation hacks. That didn’t go so well. Every single thing we do could be easily compromised. But that’s obviously not the issue, though I’d say it damn sure is one of them. The biggest issue is obviously our complete loss of privacy.

This bill isn’t about pedophiles and child pornography. This bill is about spying on every American that uses the internet and collecting private personal information. Say hi to Big Brother.

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