The Pirate Bay
has taken drastic new measures to defend itself from future raids.
It claims to have moved its servers to "the cloud", meaning it will move between servers around the world rather than staying in one static location, and says the move will save it money and make it harder for law-enforcement to take the service down.
"All attempts to attack [us] from now on is an attack on everything and nothing
," said a Pirate Bay spokesperson (via BBC
The site which has been an emblem of torrent culture has been raided several times over the years. In 2006, police in Sweden shut down several servers which took the site offline. A similar raid
early this month targeted a hosting service favored by torrent sites and founded by the team behind the pirate bay.
The new cloud-based hosting means its content does not have to be hosted by the same provider or even on the same continent, making it much harder for authorities to target where its core data is at any one time.
"The hosting providers have no idea that they're hosting The Pirate Bay, and even in the event they found out it would be impossible for them to gather data on the users
," it said.
"If the police decide to raid us again there are no servers to take, just a transit router. If they follow the trail to the next country and find the load balancer, there is just a disk-less server there. In case they find out where the cloud provider is, all they can get are encrypted disk-images
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