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EZTV shuts down after hostile takeover


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Thalestris avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 16:24
Author: Turtle
Source TorrentFreak by Ernesto , May 18, 2015

https://torrentfreak.com/eztv-shuts-down-after-hostile-takeover-150518/

Popular TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is no more. After losing key domain names and data in a hostile takeover, EZTV founder NovaKing has called it quits. The group's retirement marks the end of an era in which the EZTV brand became synonymous with TV-torrents.

During the spring of 2005 several large TV-torrent sites were knocked offline, leaving a gaping void that was soon filled by a new torrent distribution group, EZTV.

For a decade EZTV has been one of the leading TV distribution groups. It turned into one of the most visited torrent sites, but today this run comes to an end.

Facing a hostile takeover the group’s founder and main operator NovaKing has called it quits.

Initially it remained vague how EZTV’s demise came to be, not least because NovaKing could not be reached. However, with help from several EZTV staffers including sladinki007 we can now explain what happened.

The group’s troubles started earlier this year when the .IT registry suspended EZTV’s domain name because of inaccurate Whois information. A few weeks later the .IT registry put the domain back on the market and it was snapped up by scammers.

The people who took over the domain name came in well-prepared. They registered the UK company EZCloud LIMITED, which is the same company name as EZTV used. Initially the takeover wasn’t much of a problem, as EZTV had already moved to a new domain name at EZTV.ch, but things quickly turned from bad to worse.

Using the EZCloud company details and by faking the director’s name, the scammers also managed to take over the EZTV.se domain through the EuroDNS registrar. NovaKing tried to prevent this from happening by alerting the registrar, but according to an EZTV staffer he was told to get a court order if he wanted his domain back.

The .se domain was linked to the mailbox of EZTV founder NovaKing, which allowed them to access the domain registrar account and various other services for which they quickly reset all passwords. As a result, NovaKing was locked out, losing control of virtually all of his domain names.

Initially, there was also the possibility that the servers were compromised as well. This prompted a thorough security audit and a site lockdown last month.

Eventually, even the new EZTV.ch domain fell into the hands of the scammers, completing the hostile takeover.

Sladinki007 says that NovaKing must have been devastated by what happened. A life’s work was completely ruined in a few days and access to personal domain names was gone as well.

While EZTV could technically start over using a new name the group’s founder decided to throw in the towel. Too much had already been lost. The group had always been a “fun” non-profit project, and the recent troubles took the fun away.

The scammers, meanwhile, continue to operate both the .it and .ch domain names and are now distributing their own torrents (sourced elsewhere) with the hijacked EZTV brand. They pretend to be the real deal, sending out misleading and false status updates, but they’re not.

Having control over NovaKing’s email address the scammers even reached out to other torrent site operators, claiming that EZTV was back in business. However, most knew better not to fall for it and have retired official EZTV uploader accounts.

A Pirate Bay moderator informs TF that they have suspended the EZTV user account. Many of the older torrents are still on the site, but TPB has added a warning urging people to stay away from the compromised domain.

TPB’s EZTV warning

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Other torrent sites such as KickassTorrents, BT-chat and Rarbg have also disabled or suspended the official EZTV accounts after hearing about the takeover. In addition, KickassTorrents and BT-chat have added the same warning as TPB. This way they hope to keep people away from the compromised EZTV site, which is now serving various ads including pop-unders.

Former EZTV staffers also urge people to stay away from all EZTV sites and to inform others to do the same. The real EZTV is no longer active.

EZTV’s forced retirement marks the and of an era. While there are still plenty of TV-torrents around, the group will be dearly missed by millions.
dazpicable avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 16:36
Author: Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle
Thanks was wondering what was going on.
Abhi121 avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 16:55
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That sounds bad ... but thanks for the info ...
Soup avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 18:32
Author: ModeratorTrusted UploaderET loverSupermanSunTurtle
..........Yawn....If i want tv, i always go ettv
LRS avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 18:51
Author: AdminSun
It's a shame to see them go this way but theirs many others offering the same content these day's ettv being the main contender and always reliable.
Big_A_Little_A avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 21:21
Author: Site FriendSupermanimmortal
Oh well it just means that we will not have the choice of the same 2 downloads to chose from here. And See EZTV is still here on ET, tho demoted to normal user!
As it is no one here on ET has really missed EZTV uploads epecially since the lat one was a month ago!
razor1shrp avatar
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 21:45
Author: Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun
Sad news for sure but they will more then likely reload and come back . Axxo has returned from a ten year hiatus and is now under a different name but getting around to various sites. Sad day for pirates but it ain't over until the smoke leaves the barrel !!!!!!
revisionx avatar
Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 07:43
Author: ET junkieET loverSupermanSun
It's really sad news indeed... but ettv still there to keep us going forward..

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