Torrent Hound is gone for good following Torrentz and KickAss in what appears to be a successive shutdown of File-Sharing roster.
TORRENTZ : Ever since Torrentz intentionally ended itself on August 5th, many clones emerged that appear to be legitimate like its original website and offering content that are up-to-date although they might be blocked already in some countries like India.
KICKASS : On the other hand, KickAss torrents’ was raided and put to rest in July by US Authorities. But it came back online as kat.am, and promised to stay strong saying that the site is being hosted on multiple servers and the hosting information is well guarded behind cloudfare.
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But just yesterday or day-before, Mexican authorities seized control kat.am and found out that it migrated to another domain named Kickass.mx which is just a mirror of The Pirate Bay under the veil/ skin of KickAss torrents.
So, this is how clones and mirrors are trying to leverage the huge popularity of the now-dead websites.
TIMELINE OF TOP TORRENT WEBSITES SHUTDOWN:
- On July 20th this year, Homeland Security raided and got the owner of KickAss torrent Artem Vaulin into custody. This was followed by its shutdown after being online since 2009.
- This was by Torrentz voluntarily shutting down its services for the fear of facing the legal infringement charges that KickAss torrents was subjected to. Torrentz ended services after more than 10 years.
- And now, just last week, Torrent Hound took a page out of Torrentz’ departure and decided to go offline. Torernt Hound was launched in 2007.
But according to Torrent Freak, Torrent Hound stepped back on their service for personal reasons like not being able draw a lot of traffic or revenue and the scarily increasing number of bills that they had to keep up with, if they chose to continue working.
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Before any of these websites’ reigns came to an end, KickAss torrents topped the list of most used torrents websites.
Torrentz was in the fourth place.
Torrent Hound stood comfortably in the eighth spot.
So with the major players in this world now gone, one might wonder which domains File Sharers are resorting to, as of now.
TOP ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE AFTER KICKASS, TORRENTZ, TORRENT HOUND SHUTDOWN:
Although Swedish authorities have all the Pirate Bay-Intel necessary and are putting measures in place to zero in on Pirate Bay epicenter, it tops the list of best torrent alternatives available as we speak:
- THE PIRATE BAY
- EXTRA TORRENT
- NEW TORRENTZ
It is being reported that RARBG is blocked in India, United Kingdom, Portugal, Denmark and Saudi Arabia.
It is also being observed that Chrome and Firefox are blocking access to The Pirate Bay.
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