Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum. Don’t glance at your calendar, it’s not International Talk Like A Pirate Day again, and no, you’re not experiencing a strange Groundhog Day-esque de ja vu, but we are talking pirates. The Pirate Bay, to be exact.
The world’s most popular BitTorrent tracker, based in Sweden, has been down for a few hours today, and, according to Torrent Freak, this is due to the Pirates moving their servers to a new datacentre and adding four more servers to their already-massive 12 they currently run.
They’ll now be able to protect themselves better against DDoS attacks (Distributed Denial of Service, which occurs ‘when multiple compromised systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers’, according to Wikipedia).
The P2P ‘vandals’ such as Media Defender, BayTSP, MediaSentry and EZ2net will all be blocked from destroying the torrents or spamming them, and the new tracker will also ensure all the users’ details are kept private.