Police raided the Swedish hosting company PRQ today bringing down dozens of file sharing and torrent sites including torrenthound.com, atdhenet.tv, RLSLOG.net, tankafetast.nu, linkomanija.net and hahasport.com. The hosting firm was started by two Piratebay co-founders and has been as a reliable “no questions asked” hosting service that has been raided by the police at least twice before in 2006 and 2010.
At this time, we don’t know exactly what they were looking for, only that it was a set of servers belonging to PRQ and as such, we don’t know if the affected websites will be back up. It seems pretty clear at this point the police were there on the grounds that PRQ was hosting sites with IP violations but which sites were targeted is not clear yet.
The Piratebay is also down at this time but the two incidences are unrelated as they moved their hosting from PRQ in 2006 after the first raid. Its down for technical reasons and should be back some time soon.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
The one of the most popular web-site downtime monitoring services downforerveryoneorjustme.com is ironically down tonight. Looks like the website was too successful for it’s own good and has garnered enough traffic to go over the server resource limit that was set by Google App engine.
The Google App engine provides it’s users with an easy to use SDK and scalable hosting for web application developers. If one site is consuming a disproportionally large amount of computational resources, Goggle will temporarily shut down server to that site in order to ensure other sites don’t suffer downtimes or slow service. The site has displayed this error message before but never for quite this long.
This may have been brought on by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The influx in shopping traffic seems to have brought down some e-commerce stores, which in turn has sent a flood of people to the down checker service. Time for a hosting upgrade!
Fear not, you can still check if a site is down or if you have just been messing with your etc hosts file too much on these services: