In the summer of 2016, shockwaves rippled as a result of the BitTorrent scene when KickassTorrents (KAT), the world’s most preferred torrent website at the time, was forcefully shut down.
The action coordinated by the US governing administration saw alleged KAT founder Artem Vaulin taken into custody. Meanwhile, tens of millions of former consumers scrambled to uncover options somewhere else on the Online.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of dispersed to current torrent giants such as The Pirate Bay and RARBG but it did not just take extensive for new blood to enter the ecosystem. Before long immediately after KAT’s demise, a new indexer identified as ‘iDope’ built its debut, mostly as a tribute to the dismantled torrent behemoth.
“This venture was produced the next working day just after we knew KAT was taken down, it is pretty quite new, and we are a pretty compact staff, so you won’t obtain anything about it on the Net, specifically when we by no means promoted it decently,” one of the site’s operators said again in 2016.
“We only meant to make simple items that everybody can love, we do not make bucks out of it, and thus we assure no annoying pop-up advertisements.”
In the months and years that adopted, iDope received a major adhering to and in January 2018, the rather new web site broke into TorrentFreak’s yearly round-up of the world’s most-visited torrent web sites. With similar visitors to the equally popular Zooqle, iDope bagged alone a joint tenth situation in the checklist.
All through the earlier week, even so, challenges have strike the web page. Devoid of any warning, iDope – which has operated incredibly effortlessly from the iDope.se area considering the fact that its launch – went offline.
The site’s Twitter and Fb accounts have been dormant for some time and the latest downtime didn’t end result in any updates. Unfortunately, that vacuum has left persons to speculate on what has induced the outage, from complex issues to complications with the authorities.
TorrentFreak contacted the very last identified e-mail handle related with the iDope workforce expecting that to be dead way too. Overnight, on the other hand, we acquired a reaction, one particular that leaves hope for a easy return for the well known torrent index.
“There are some troubles with our area idope.se, We are speaking with the area company. We believe it can be restored within a few days,” TF was told.
When iDope was down, other domains that appeared to be clones or probably mirrors of iDope remained up, albeit with indexes a several times out of day. In the initial instance it was unclear irrespective of whether those domains have been operated by the web page itself but we have now acquired data which indicates that at the very least two are formal.
“Everyone can stop by our web site utilizing idope.cc or idope.co,” iDope’s operator claims.
At first perspective, the recent downtime confronted by iDope appears to be a minor ironic, supplied that the site’s operators previously claimed that the web-site would never ever go down.
“[T]he server company we selected will safeguard our servers even from hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear bomb. Truthfully [I don’t know] how they are able of that, seems fairly badass,” its operator beforehand said.
Nevertheless, as the above demonstrates, iDope’s server is in fact standing solid and it’s only its .se area that’s having a wobble.
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Written by David Minister