Play, a torrent site that offers magnet links to movie releases, is almost impossible to shut down because it is hosted by its users, TorrentFreak reported.
This past year has seen numerous torrent sites go offline for a variety of reasons.
YTS went offline after the MPAA filed court papers in New Zealand, threatening a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the site’s owner.
The world’s largest BitTorrent tracker, Demonii, was taken down by the same action as it was run by the same group.
EZTV also shut down after losing control of a number of its domains in a hostile takeover.
Play on Zeronet
Play’s answer to these challenges was to host itself on Zeronet, an open source project which offers a peer-to-peer website hosting network.
According to Zeronet’s site, it is a “real-time updated, P2P websites using Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network”.
Much like the Darkweb, you can only access sites on Zeronet if you install its client software – which supports Windows, Linux, and Mac PCs.
Sites are then hosted by the Zeronet users.
However, TorrentFreak warned that although Zeronet sites won’t get taken down as long as someone is “seeding” them, the Zeronet website-serving network is not anonymous.
As with BitTorrent transfer, users’ IP addresses are public – unless they choose the Tor option or use a virtual private network.