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    It hasn’t been a very good week for BitTorrent trackers, and all the signs are it’s going to get worse. We all know what happened last Friday and yesterday only brought more bad news, as many more trackers in Sweden decided to close.

    This morning TorrentFreak was informed of the closure of another long-standing BitTorrent tracker.

    Although it doesn’t have the profile of sites like The Pirate Bay, LeechersLair (LL) is a well-established tracker. Launched in 2006, LL has around 18,000 members who enjoy all the usual content. Until today the site was hosted in Malaysia - not any more.

    This morning the Content, Consumer and Network Security Division of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) ordered Shinjiru, LeechersLair’s host, to close down the site, citing a breach of Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987.

    SKMM is a government body which enforces the communications and multimedia laws in Malaysia. It informed Shinjiru by faxed letter that if it failed to close LeechersLair, it would be breaking the law. Shinjiru immediately complied and took the site offline.

    The government of Malaysia has moved against torrent sites hosted by Shinjiru before, as we reported back in June 2008, but most of them returned elsewhere.

    However, there was a worrying development when one of the sysops of another torrent site, tbkresources.org - also hosted at Shinjiru, told TorrentFreak that a hard drive had been attached to their server and it was copying data for use in a copyright infringement case against them. Shinjiru confirmed the report.

    At this stage it is unclear if LeechersLair will return, but we will update this post when we have more information. In the meantime other trackers hosted by Shinjiru continue to operate but whether or not they are being monitored is anyone’s guess.

    Both Shinjiru and the Malaysian government were given the opportunity to comment, but as yet we’ve received no response.

    Source: TorrentFreak
    Last edited by SonsOfLiberty; 04-22-2009 at 07:03 PM.

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    Another one down. What the fuck is happening?

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    Most are because of TPB trial, and many are afraid of jail + lawsuits, and many other countries are taking the queue from all this.

    You are probably tired of hearing about trackers being shut down because that’s been happening a lot lately. LeechersLair, was forced offline by the Malaysian government due to possible copyright infringement (at the time of shut down, LL was hosted by Shinjiru, a hosted based in Malaysia). However, we learn that this will not be the end of LeechersLair – tracker staff are determined to bring the site back online, even if it meant moving to a host in a different country.

    We’ve been getting a lot of E-mails from concerned LL members so thought it was best to post an update on this Blog. Quoted below is what Felix2003 (LL Moderator) told us about the current status of the site:

    At the moment the Malaysian government ordered prominent webhosting provider Shinjiru to close down the site LeechersLair.com. to inspect the server for illegal file sharing.
    We have taken all action in protecting our members data and the site will be back online in the next day maybe 2 as we are unsure as to how long there investigation will take regardless of the outcome LL will not be shut down and we will be moving servers to a more secure location as Shinjieu can no longer be trusted


    At the time it was forced offline, LeechersLair had a user base in excess of 18000 members and tracked over 6000 active torrents. We at FILEnetworks Blog wish LL admins and staff best of luck in their efforts to restore the tracker and the site quickly.
    Last edited by SonsOfLiberty; 04-23-2009 at 03:16 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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