The YggTorrent website has lost control of its main domain
The largest French torrent site YggTorrent has lost control of its main domain. According to site operators, YggTorrent.ws has been suspended by the domain registrar without providing any further information. as Alexa reports that YggTorrent is one of the most visited websites in all of France, the disruption will likely affect millions of visitors.
Although torrent giants such as The Pirate Bay are known and used around the world, there are many sites that have a powerful followings in their home countries.
In France, for example, YggTorrent is a spectacular success. It is the most large French-speaking sharing platform and also operates its own torrent tracker, a rarity these days. Besides the 3,500,000 registered members, Alexa statistics reveal that YggTorrent.ws is the 38th most visited domain in all of France, period
While this is an impressive achievement for a site that is only a few years old, unexpected developments overnight at the level of the tracker should negatively affect this ranking, if only temporarily.
Earlier today, an individual who identified himself as one of the operators of 'YggTorrent informed TF that the main domain name of the torrent site, YggTorrent.ws, had been "suddenly disabled " by its registrar without warning or explanation. As shown in the image below, it now displays the disturbing state of 'serverHold '
According to ICANN, the serverHold the domain status is unusual and "generally adopted during litigation, non-payment, or when your domain is subject to deletion.
As its DNS records suggest, the domain was purchased through Peter Sunde's Njalla service, but as a privacy platform the company didn 't has no control over the "serverHold" status. Njalla informs TF that in this case the The serverHold status code was set by the .ws registration. (Note: this section has been corrected to clarify that thestatus was deployed by the domain registry, not by its registrar)
As a result change, visitors to YggTorrent.ws can no longer access the site. However, like many platforms operating in a similar niche, YggTorrent has many backup domains , including yggtorrent.pe, yggtorrent.ch and yggtorrent.gg.
At least for now, however, the site is promoting the Sweden-based YggTorrent.se domain as the primary alternative. Importantly, it always maintains control over a separate domain for its tracker, which means torrent sharing can continue for users even if the primary domain is down.
What caused the blow? the loss of the .ws domain remains unclear, but if the story is anything to follow, copyright infringement issues should be at the top of the list. In 2018, YggTorrent was forced to give up its .com domain following a complaint from the French anti-piracy company SACEM.
Then, in 2019, following a complaint from the local anti-piracy group SCPP, a Paris court ordered five ISPs French Internet is blocking access to thirteen websites that link to pirated content. This order included YggTorrent.ch, a domain which remains under the control of the site but which is currently used only for redirect purposes.
The site operators note that their Icelandic domain is also blocked by
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