Popular torrent aggregation website Torrentz.eu (the only one of its kind) has shut down shop and bid “farewell” to millions of illegally downloading users. The shut down of Torrentz.eu comes just two weeks after Kickass Torrents was taken down and its founder Artem Vaulin arrested in Poland.
According to web traffic analysis website Alexa, Torrentz.eu had a 186 global ranking, up 20 spots from last time. The website is currently ranked 28 in India, one of the highest rankings for the site in any other country. A quick search on the registration of the website and the location of its servers showed that the information is blocked.
The name of the person on whose name the website is registered is “Not Disclosed”. Only a technical contact is given, naming one – Karol Majewski. The prefix of the numbers given along with the name show that they originate from Poland. It is hard to say if the website is registered there, its servers based there, or everything given is a sham.
Torrentz.eu bid farewell after 13 years of faithful service to all the global “virtual” pirates. The homepage of the website is still active, but a morbid message greets users saying, “Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines”. Searching on the bar will only redirect you back to the homepage with an even more ominous message “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell”.
It is unclear why the website was suddenly taken down by the down by the owner, but it would not be too far fetched an idea to imagine this having something to do with the arrest of Vaulin. The fate of the website is unknown, but like the messages say, it has closed down for good.