In the last year, the torrent world has seen the plummet and meltdown of many of the world's largest torrent trackers. As we all know, in 2009 we witnessed the largest of all, The Pirate Bay, reach it's final climax, and eventually decay into non-existance. During this period, we've seen the rise of a new breed of trackers step up to the plate as replacements and not just alternatives. The "1337x" trackers, which were shut down temporarily due to outside pressures from BREIN, has just risen from the ashes to display that file sharing cannot die.
Earlier today I sat down for a few with the founder of 1337x, "mustangx", to speak to him about the revival of the popular bittorrent tracker. My first question to mustangx, "Even with the intense pressure that was put on your organization by BREIN, what brought you to decide to re debut your torrent tracker?" With little hesitation mustangx replied, "The courtesy and obligation we feel owe to the people, due to the fact many people were using the trackers." He went on to state, "We did have an issue with our network, and had to rebuild from the roots up."
These trackers are now responsible for a very large portion of the torrents used in the bittorrent protocol today, and it seems they have yet again been revived to continue the legalized file sharing debate. Although not everything can be determined by your own will. BREIN moved in last month, with an axe of redemption over their apparent unsuccessful attempts to destroy The Pirate Bay, with a pre-meditated attack against all torrent trackers considered to be alternatives to what The Pirate Bay offered.
BREIN, infamous if not notorious as enemies of the torrent community, increased pressure after the trials of TPB, on sites such as 1337x. Any torrent indexer, in which held trackers, would be ultimately considered a target and would have BREIN focusing their crosshairs in that direction. 1337x came as no exception, and after sever pressures from BREIN, the ISP providing supply to the up and coming tracker, caved in. The site was ultimately down, with little notice, and shockwaves would be felt across the seas of other sites.
See, now that the 1337x trackers, Nemesis and Genesis, were considered by TorrentFreak as the second placed choice for The Pirate Bay Alternative. number one, was Torrentbox, two listed as 1337x, three was determined to be H33t, and the fouth alternative, was Demonoid. As some of you know, since that article premiered on TorrentFreak
, Demonoid has been shut down entirely, with possibly no end in sight as to when it will return, or even if that will happen.
1337x, somehow gained front and center attention by BREIN. Maybe because of it's shining stars, or the fact that it's tracker was being used on over 500 torrent sites already, by various uploaders. Either way, it received the spotlight.
BREIN took decisive action, and harassed the site without limitation. The site returned fire, quoting mustangx, "BREIN registered accounts on my site twice, demanding that I shut the site down immediately, and give them the names of everyone involved with operating the site, and maintaining it's trackers." He went on, "My host at the time, informed me if they were sued, they would have to abide by the courts ruling and supply BREIN with the information regarding to whom was using their service."
Even in the face of harassment, mustangx claims he never replied or responded to BREIN, merely ignoring their absent minded declaration to shut down the existence of file sharing as we all know it. Torrent sites have long been criticized, by we all know that the legality of a torrent tracker, is still heavily debated. Those whom understand how peer to peer file sharing via the bittorrent protocol works, understand that no site itself hosts any files, especially not the alleged copyrighted files that have come under intense scrutiny. The torrent trackers, merely pinpoint users into the right direction, to another user whom hosts the files directly on his or her computer.
Despite the facts of the torrent world, BREIN continues to operate as a terror cell dedicated to the ultimate destruction of torrent communities in general, with little respect to file sharing. After the threats from BREIN were received upon 1337x, mustangx said, "I did not speak to BREIN. I spoke to my host, and after two demands in two weeks, I assumed court was their next step." Apparently that would not be the case, as the ISP providing the bandwidth, soon discontinued the supply. BREIN had thought it yet again had won a war with fear mongering tactics and propaganda.
1337x also has been embroiled in a "tango" with it's hosts. The host was to continuously having errors related to overheating, possibly due to just bios relations. Finally, after nearly 3 weeks of downtime, a hard fought war with BREIN, and now a server related issue, they are now back and running.
Little did it know that mustangx had other plans in mind for the future of 1337x. He stated, "Now, placing servers in 3 individual datacenters, we can easily move around in the future as needed." They know the war is yet from over, but for now, they feel as if they survived the first wave of the battle. Once again, Genesis and Nemesis, are tracking torrents globally, with the promise from mustangx that they will continue until their last breath, and that "We have no plans of selling anytime soon" unlike some other trackers who've encountered BREIN.
If you would like to use the Genesis or Nemesis trackers, the site openly welcomes it's use, to track various torrents throughout the torrent world.
They are both public and open torrent trackers, allowing for you to place them on any open bittorrent index, throughout the world. Today we count one for the good guys, as 1337x rises again, and brings with it a new breed of torrent trackers. We can only hope that they stand true to their word, and do not fail us in providing not just an alternative to The Pirate Bay trackers, but a complete replacement.
Best of luck to 1337x, the ET community supports you. Thanks to mustangx for his time, and thanks to everyone involved in keeping the file sharing world, open, clean, and most importantly, free. Without the people, and the peers, none of this is possible.
November 2nd, 2009Posted by: Date:
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
|posted by (2009-11-02 18:16:33)|
|Long Live The 1337x|
|Gr8 to hear,|
|You can knock us down but you cant shut us down :D very well written Obscene|
|Loving it man. Long live file sharing. Thanks for the good news Obscene.|
|Good to see you, that is both mustangx and 1337x, back. I already saw it flickering on and off a couple of times. Don't let the brainless get you down.|
|Sweet.Nice read man.|
|posted by (2009-11-02 18:59:45)|
|Thanks Obs for spending your time to keep us informed. I am starting to sound like I know what I am talking about at work when topics of file sharing comes up. I have spent many hours trolling the net to find information that I can now get here in one quick read.|
|yes in many of my torrents and on a thread i'm in control of elsewhere is where i gave the 1337x tracker a good rap.. is/was my tracker for choice number 1..|
i'm always seeing what trackers work, collapse, drive slowly or outright just dead.. so as a suggestion it's always handy to have 4 or more trackers in your torrents.. i learned the hard way when TPB failed so did some of my high seeding torrents.. so it's good to hear 1337x is back because it's tracker is awesome and a great backup away from the denis stalkers/openbittorrent trackers.. welcome back
|Mustang and the crew have always kept the faith with regards to the great spirit of the Torrent community and allowing growth and wisdom to be spread between people.Its time that BREIN got a [email protected] BRAIN!.|
|1337x Will alway's Be my home & Long Live It.|
|posted by (2009-11-02 22:14:43)|
|I hear you hec, and couldn't agree more.|
Many thanks to Muatangx and Noir and everyone else.
Long live 1337x.
|It's always nice to be back :)|
Thanks to everyone who helped 1337x to get back incl. Mustang, N and Noir.
And thanks for this post ET :)
|posted by (2009-11-02 23:28:10)|
|good work obs on all you do to keep us informed beats reading the sun newspaper lol|
|posted by (2009-11-03 00:52:32)|
|As i said in the past thanks for your friendships and i back you 110%. Thanks OBS for the great words... hugs, kisses and spanks!|
|thanks to obscene for informing our friends on ET of the news. And thanks to all the ET members for being gracious hosts and friends to our temporarily displaced members. We still have a bit of a rough path ahead of us while our datacenter under goes some improvements, theres planned network interruptions for the next 2-3 nights, and within the next week we will be redesigning the entire site. The trackers will be up and running though for good once the datacenters done with the improvements to thier network lines. i apologize to all for the inconveniences caused and disruption we caused to all those who have used the trackers and i assure you soon all will be as it was before where the trackers have a 99.9% uptime.|
|nice article like always Obscene..... just glad to see 2 well known torrent sites standing side by side.... P2P will never end cause of both ExtraTorrent and 1337x members... long live P2P...|
|I found ET by DL OBS torrents from 1337x.org.Gr8 site and gr8 trackers !!|
|posted by (2009-11-03 09:13:21)|
|@ 18 1337xDotOrg|
No, thank you. I owe a LOT to Noir, k00k00, and mustangx ;) Those guys, made me the step up to the plate, and become the encoder I am today. Not just them either, ALL my friends from 1337x, that means EVERY staff member, everyone who chills there, ALL of them are great people. ET & 1337x have worked side by side for almost a year now, both highly visible in the torrent world, and fighting to promote file sharing. I owe all of the guys (and gals) from there alot of respect, and best of wishes to them in all their journeys.
|Your the best OBS thanks for the info....;-)|
|peace & love to all u guyz|
Torrent world will win all the pressures.
I say thanks to extratorrent for all supoort in making the world sharable.