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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 thepiratebay.piratpartiet.se -- 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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