With Ahashare down, many piracy users can still head to other top sites like The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent.
People looking to browse popular torrent site Ahashare to (illegally) download their favorite music, movies, and other content found the site inaccessible. The website normally receives tens of thousands of visitors per day. Yet, for several days now, the site has been unreachable.
The website suddenly vanished without a trace about a week ago. The Public Domain Registry (PDR) lists the site’s domain name as “suspended” with a “clienthold” status.
The ICANN states that sites with the uncommon clienthold tag tend to signal “legal disputes, non-payment, or when your domain is subject to deletion.”
Ahashare’s Twitter account, while not very active, show that hackers may have entered into the domain. The account sent followers very strange tweets promoting a fake glasses website. Posting to the nine accounts it follows, the message reads,
“80th Anniversary Promotion! Up to 20% off!”
Also, Archive.org last registered a snapshot of the site on January 15. The hottest torrents included USA Hot Top Singles 40 chart for January 21. Visitors could also illegally download I Spit On Your Grave 3, as well as 1957’s Sweet Smell of Success. Those who browsed to the music section could easily find Justin Timberlake’s The Book of Love, among other torrents.
Indian domain registrar PDR previously cooperated with authorities to hand over pirate website information to police. Back in 2013, PDR suspended and seized ExtraTorrent domains. ExtraTorrent told TorrentFreak,
“After contacting PDR [after the suspension] they kept giving us funny replies but finally gave us a copy of the PDF file sent by the London Police.
“This was even more funny than the rest of the communications we had with PDR Ltd because it turned out that the suspension was solely and willfully under the discretion of the registrar and with no legal basis.”
However, as of late, the Indian domain registrar has shown less willingness to work with authorities. In fact, the MPAA lists PDR as a non-cooperative registrar. According to the MPAA, PDR has repeatedly refused to take action against pirate sites.
Site owners can easily counter domain name suspensions by simply switching to a new domain according to TorrentFreak,. Yet, the Ahashare team has yet to do so. While the website remains down, the Ahashare team has yet to give any information as to what really happened. Piracy users will have to look elsewhere.