17 December 2013
Pirate Bay relocates to Peru while working on 'domain-irrelevant' browser
The Pirate Bay has moved again, this time to a .Pe domain based in Peru. As the battle to take down the world's largest BitTorrent site continues, the website says it is developing a new system which will make domain names completely irrelevant.
The .Pe domain is the file-sharing website's third domain in just a matter of days. The website was operating under thepiratebay.sx, based in Sint Maarten, until it was seized by authorities last week, TorrentFreak reported. But just hours after the seizure, thousands of users breathed a collective sigh of relief as the website resurfaced under a new .AC domain, based in the Ascension Islands, a UK controlled territory.
But the stopover on the isolated volcanic island did not last long; The Pirate Bay set sail for safer shores on Monday, finding a new docking place in the South American republic of Peru. The website underlined earlier that its landing at thepiratebay.ac was just a temporary measure, as it feared it would soon face the same problems that it faced under Sint Maarten's .SX domain.
The website's operators said earlier that along with Peru, it had a number of options, for its new domain. They added, however, that they do not plan to be on the run permanently.
The website's team is working on updating its massively popular web browser, allowing users the opportunity to store and share files without the need for central hosting and domain names, TorrentFreak reported.
Addressing Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN and friends, The Pirate Bay warned that while shutting down domains may currently be an irritant, that loophole will not be open forever.
They should wait for our new PirateBrowser, then domains will be irrelevant, the source told TorrentFreak. Once that is available then all links and sites will be accessible through a perfectly legal piece of browser software and the rest of it will be P2P, with no central point to attack via the legal system.
The new system will reportedly appear as independent software and Firefox and Chrome plugins.
Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, known under the alias 'Anakata,' is facing hacking charges. The 29-year-old has been jailed in Denmark since November, after being extradited from Sweden.
His mother, Kristina Svartholm Warg, described the conditions her son is being kept in as torture. In an interview she said that Svartholm Warg is denied access to books, media, and computers, and is banned from communicating with other inmates. She personally believes that her son is innocent.
Hacktivist group Anonymous launched an online campaign to protest against the prison's treatment of Svartholm Warg, calling it wholly unacceptable and inhumane.
The group demands fair treatment of Svartholm Warg and an end to his isolation. He is not a terrorist, it said in a statement. The group called on supporters to join them on Monday in a 'tweetstorm,' using the hashtag #Freeanakata.