It took nearly 10 years, however, authorities have in the end focused and taken down What.Cd, which had risen to end up the Net’s biggest invite-most effective, music-buying and selling torrent website.

The information turned into showed by way of the tracker’s respectable Twitter account on Thursday through two posts: “We aren’t in all likelihood to go back any time quickly in our cutting-edge form. All website online and person information has been destroyed. So long, and thank you for all of the fish.”


French authorities seem to have seized all servers related to What.Cd, a chief invite-only music-tracker web site.
 French government appears to have seized all servers associated with What.Cd, a prime invite-handiest music-tracker site.
 Sam Machkovech
 The one’s posts, whose text became duplicated at the website online’s respectable the front page, mentioned “latest events,” that is a moderate way of describing French government seemingly seizing the website online’s a complete load of servers. French era news website online Zatz said on Thursday that the nation’s National Gendarmerie office nabbed the servers that hosted the web page’s database, IRC, and trackers.

That would suggest that the respectable Twitter account’s promise of “destroyed” information is incorrect (despite the fact that not one of the reputable statements provide an explanation for exactly how what.Cd continues to exist as a handy website). Even though Zatz does not list a specific day of seizure, a cursory Twitter seek indicates consumer complaints of What.Cd “tracker outages” beginning the day gone by, November sixteen.

What.Cd released in 2007 within weeks of another principal tune-tracker site, oink.Cd, being famously busted and shut down by British and Dutch police forces. The site launched at the same time as another splinter website, waffles.Fm, and each in large part resembled “OiNK’s Crimson Palace,” specifically when it came to imposing policies approximately the great of any tune shared through its trackers. Public numbers didn’t verify which splinter web site picked up a larger number of users and shared torrents, but what.Cd seems to have lasted longer, with waffles.Fm switching to a new area that currently does no longer ping publicly. Reddit users at the website online’re r/trackers subdomain have complained that waffles.The cd has regarded to have long gone dark as well, however, no predominant reviews about that site’s closure or seizure have appeared simply but.
 “We cherished what What.Cd became”

Update, eleven:fifty-nine p.M. Japanese: Ars has received a response from the operator of What.Cd’s Twitter account. The respondent could simplest become aware of him or herself as “an administrator” of the former website, however, the individual alleges that the torrent web page’s operation become shut down via its directors, no longer a police or government force.

“The data are quite skimpy right now,” What.Cd’s consultant says. “We have no reputable affirmation that servers had been seized, but all to be had evidence does assist that, so we are working as though it is actual.” That being stated, what.Cd’s administrators are confident that its foremost database of consumer statistics turned into not seized by the French government: “The website was operational till we shut it down.”

That shutdown decision became made by using What.Cd’s operators out of heightened precaution, in place of being forced through an expert to achieve this, the consultant tells Ars. That individual additionally noted that issues with the website online’s IRC server healthy up with facts gleaned from brand new Zatz report.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to peer a few different site attempt to fill the void, however, for now, we haven’t any plans to attempt to go back,” the What.Cd administrator says.

What.Cd’s consultant declined to answer specific questions on the site’s legality, however, presented a non-public statement about his or her position as an administrator: “We have in no way profited in any respect from this; all the price range [donated by users] had been used for servers or services. That might not be very ethically convincing to a few, but it turned into for my part important for me. You may discover all styles of torrent web sites which are run for profit, and that is some thing none people would be secure with. Together, we invested quite a number of time in the website online, and it’s safe to say we all did that due to the fact we cherished what What.Cd become.”