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Users who can't reach the site directly can still reach it via Anonymouse and other proxies

This morning a curious development has arisen.  Famed BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay has been down for customers at select internet service providers worldwide.

In the U.S. reports of interrupted visits come almost exclusively from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA).  In Australia, customers of Optus -- a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Z74) have been struck with similar issues.  And in Canada Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI.B) customers are also having problems reaching the site.

Comcast has issued a statement saying it's not blocking The Pirate Bay.  It states, "We're not blocking PirateBay and reports online indicate users from several ISPs around the world are affected."

Many initially suspected that Comcast was testing a blocking scheme, given that it currently throttles (slows) users' BitTorrent traffic to save bandwidth.  

Comcast also was caught in 2007 by Torrent Freak outright blocking BitTorrent traffic.  The company initially denied the claims, but was late forced into an embarrassing confession that it did indeed block traffic.  

The blocking incident led to an inquiry by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a class action lawsuit, which was eventually settled, with Comcast reserving $16M USD to pay affected customers.

This time around it's decidedly less clear whether Comcast and others are outright blocking the site or are merely seeing some sort of bizarre service outage stemming from issues on The Pirate Bay's side.

Strangely for affected users pings to the Pirate Bay servers return bits as expected.  And DNS lookups also succeed.  But when the routing reaches -- the final destination -- the site does not load.

Torrent Freak claims that the site is available for afflicted users via the proxy service Anonymouse [link] and other similar sites.  Users should be very wary of clicking through to unvalidated proxies, as you never know where you might end up.

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By icanhascpu on 5/12/2011 1:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
Half the stuff on TPB is from Demonoid anyway, so just use demonoid.

RE: Eh
By smackababy on 5/12/2011 1:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
If you can't get an invite you can't use demonoid. Plus you have to keep your ratio up and most torrenters don't.

RE: Eh
By Comcast Sucks on 5/12/2011 1:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
I know plus I think if you use demonoid and download an 8GB torrent, you have to upload 8GB totaling 16GB toward your bogus 250GB monthly limit. I think the days of looking forward to higher download speeds are over with these stupid "excessive usage" rules.

RE: Eh
By Comcast Sucks on 5/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: Eh
By StevoLincolnite on 5/12/2011 2:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
If you can't get an invite you can't use demonoid. Plus you have to keep your ratio up and most torrenters don't.

Wrong. Demonoid doesn't have sharing ratio restrictions of any kind.
If I remember correctly they always allowed sign ups on the weekends. (Don't take my word on the second point, had my account for years so don't remember exactly.)

RE: Eh
By Kiffberet on 5/13/2011 9:00:51 AM , Rating: 3
Torrents only work if there are seeds to provide the data.
I love it when leechers b1tch and moan that files are coming down too slow, then when they finally get their file they stop.
Encouraging people to uplaod, by enforcing ratios is the best way to make sure everyone gets fast downloads.

RE: Eh
By tamalero on 5/13/2011 11:17:23 AM , Rating: 2
some countries are ALREADY blocking demonoid completely.

By pjhercules on 5/12/2011 1:40:39 PM , Rating: 5
FYI-Having problems accessing because of Comcast? Just use this: Have fun!!

RE: Solution!!!
By RjBass on 5/12/2011 2:04:18 PM , Rating: 3
Nice 1

RE: Solution!!!
By Souka on 5/12/2011 5:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
I can't get TPB via normal means on my home comcast connection now...but with a proxy setting, or the webpage above I can.

Comcast IS blocking the site... plain and simple.

Can I sue? (LOL)

RE: Solution!!!
By Omega215D on 5/12/2011 6:51:29 PM , Rating: 2
That might open you up to lawsuits from the MAFIAA types because you know everybody that visits Pirate Bay is a criminal... =P

Reality Check
By CorwinOfAmber on 5/12/2011 9:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably just collusion between the ISP's.

Is it beyond imagination that COMCAST (dark side of the force) would secretly enter into coordinated actions with other major ISP's to thwart the hated Peer to Peer traffic?

I don't think that idea is so outrageous as to be not plausible.

COMCAST is slime and will do anything they want if they think they can get away with it.

RE: Reality Check
By lowsidex2 on 5/13/2011 12:34:30 AM , Rating: 2
and I cry because I'm moving for work and it's a comcast area. I loved having Cox before.

I agree there is a good chance of collaboration, .

RE: Reality Check
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/13/2011 8:43:51 AM , Rating: 2
You love the Cox huh ;)

Verizon (Frontier) FIOS is blocking as well...
By thuff on 5/12/2011 3:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
After reading this I tried to connect several times to dice.

Ping has started…

PING ( 56 data bytes
Request timeout for icmp_seq 0
Request timeout for icmp_seq 1
Request timeout for icmp_seq 2

--- ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100.0% packet loss

By raccoon on 5/12/2011 4:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
No sir. You're doing it wrong.

The Pirate Bay's endpoint server never responds to ICMP pings. To anyone. <- click it.

AT&T as well
By yomamafor1 on 5/12/2011 12:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm using AT&T's Uverse, and I also have trouble accessing TPB.

Either more than one ISPs are banding together to block the service, or the ISPs have nothing to do with this at all.

RE: AT&T as well
By Comcast Sucks on 5/12/2011 1:46:55 PM , Rating: 1
I have both At&t and Comcast. I have local connection 1 as Comcast and Local connection 2 as At&t. All morning I couldn't access pirate bay, then came across this article, so I disabled local connection 1 and enabled 2 for at&t and I could access pirate bay, I then went back to comcast 5 seconds later and I can't access pirate bay again. Wow this sucks.

Internet Services...
By greylica on 5/12/2011 1:48:25 PM , Rating: 3
ISPs are getting worse every day. Their secret plan is to transform it into a television monopoly of the early 80's for controllable consumers, with a land for every ISP like a different country...
Let's play WAR on them !

BT in the UK
By damianrobertjones on 5/12/2011 1:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
have somehow blocked access to filesonic/imagevenue etc for the last few days. No explanation so far but the issue has now been fixed.

I wonder if something is 'happening' out there?

By Borkil on 5/12/2011 1:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
so does this mean we will get a great firewall like china?

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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