After 20 months of downtime the infamous Demonoid BitTorrent tracker has made a comeback. The tracker returned a few weeks ago, but the now the website is accessible again too. Former users are still able to use their login details, and most of the old torrents are still listed on the site.
As the single largest semi-private BitTorrent tracker that ever existed, Demonoid offered a home to millions of file-sharers.
This changed abruptly August last year when a series of troubling events took the site offline. When it was still down after a year, many gave up hope that it would ever return.
Today, however, the site appears to have made a glorious comeback on Demonoid.ph, which the .com and .me domains are also linked to. TorrentFreak contacted the team behind the resurrection who confirmed the relaunch.
“We are running a pre-launch today,” TF was told by the admin, who added that the site could go offline again for a while if something breaks.
A message posted on the site’s homepage explains that Demonoid made some changes to the backend, and that there may be some glitches. However, several Demonoid users confirm that they are able to login using their old credentials.
“The site is now cloud based and there have been many changes to the code. As a result, you might see some weird glitches here and there. We’ll do our best to have everything working smoothly as soon as possible so please bear with us,” the Demonoid team writes.
The above is good news for those who hold Demonoid dear. Several of the former staffers are still involved according to the announcement, but for now it’s unclear whether the site’s management is still in the same hands as before.
However, the current resurrection is linked to the old domains, which suggests that it’s indeed the real thing.
Previously there were concerns that the user database may have been “compromised.” For example, last year a mysterious replacement surfaced, using a copy of the Demonoid user and torrent database. The operator of the spin-off claimed not to be related to the Demonoid owners, but he did have a copy of the site’s database.
Perhaps in the future the Demonoid team will be willing to explain a bit more about what happened over the past two years. For now, however, it appears that the comeback kid has pulled it off again.