I guess my timing on my previous Hacking the Cloud post could not have been better. I just got word that "someone" is currently DDoS'ing the thepiratebay.org. Even more interesting it may be a hijacked botnet causing the problem. More details as they come in.
-- Update 10pm EST - March 2/09 --
A few hours ago The Pirate Bay website started to slow down, and eventually it became completely unresponsive. With the trial going on at the moment, the downtime instantly led to all kinds of rumors. However, there is nothing to worry about, the downtime is not related to the trial and people are on their way to bring the site back up.
At the moment there is no estimate for when the site will return. The problem can’t be fixed remotely we were told. However, people are on their way to the ’secret’ location where the Pirate Bay hardware is located to find out what the problem is.
When we receive additional information we’ll post an update here. The Pirate Bay’s trackers are still up so all the torrents that are downloaded already should work just fine.
For those who are interested in the trial coverage, a summary of the events of day 10 was posted earlier today.
One can’t help but think that if The Pirate Bay was a traditional business making lots of profits as the Prosecution in the case would have everyone believe, the site wouldn’t suffer anywhere near the amount of downtime it does. Of course, a torrent site that is fully operational all of the time would be no fun at all. Everyone knows that absence makes the heart grow fonder….