Russian Rapidshare-like Website is Shut Down by PoliceAdded: Sunday, March 21st, 2010
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Russian police have recently raided Agava’s datacenter which was hosting iFolder.ru, the biggest and most convenient Rapidshare-like website in Russia. They were searching and gathering evidence against a person having uploaded some illegal content to the website. Despite the fact that Agava’s employees offered them full co-operation, the police investigators cut the power and also sealed the Agava’s servers in the datacenter. These actions put iFolder.ru totally out of operation.
Agava is in top 5 web hosting companies in Russia, employing about three hundred people since 1998. The late night this week, the raiders arrived at one of the operating datacenters of Agava company. They presented a self-awarded warrant, allowing them to carry out a search aimed at retrieving evidence. The data in question was supposed to be located on the servers used by one of the largest file-hosting services iFolder.ru, the permanent Agava client.
The police explained they’d been working on investigation into a person using iFolder service in order to upload child porno recently. An individual was caught by the police, but raiders wanted to see if he’d uploaded more illegal content.
Agava’s staff immediately offered the police their 100% co-operation in assisting to find the sought-for material. But the police ignored their offer and insisted to seize all servers of Agava (over a hundred in total, by the way) and even patiently waited for a long time for a vehicle to collect them. Finally, the seizure didn’t take place. However, the raiders cut the power and sealed all the servers off. Several of affected ones were the company’s primary DNS servers. Fortunately, the secondary units remained unaffected.
The company announced to consider this event as jeopardizing the future of any RuNet business and thanked its clients for their patience. Though the police said they won’t mind if iFolder.ru continues its operations, this unprecedented event has left the website totally non-operational. Usually 180 thousand people use the service daily, which results in one and a half million page views. The monthly users flow is about 4.3m, making iFolder the 51st most-visited website in Russia.
We remind that the action taken against iFolder.ru follows the decision to seize domain of Torrents.ru (the biggest Russian national torrent tracker), which had to immediately move to Rutracker.org and is now offering free-leech in order to satisfy all the users who had to re-upload and re-download content after the move.
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