Will ExtraTorrent Make A Comeback On The Internet?
The torrent world started buzzing in 2017 when the popular site, ExtraTorrent, was pulled down and only a vague message left behind to address the thousands of bewildered site fans. It now appears the folks at ExtraTorrent were not keen to quit the space and have consequently resurrected the site as ExtraTorrent.cd.
This move was similar to that of KickAss torrent, who managed to restore their site with a new URL and all data intact. A message was recently sent to the world claiming ExtraTorrent is very much alive and raring to go.
It reads, “We are a group of uploaders and admins from ExtraTorrent. As you know, SAM from ExtraTorrent pulled the plug yesterday and took all data offline under pressure from authorities. We were in deep shock and have been working hard to get it back online with all previous data. We have successfully resurrected it back to its glory at extratorrent.cd with all available data. It’s live and new data are continuously being updated. Some small features are not yet working, and we are getting it fixed as we speak. Our group had previously resurrected The Pirate Bay and KickAss Torrents (as kickass.cd) when these went offline. These sites are our home, and we won’t let anyone destroy them.”
Fear about proper security always lingers when torrent sites resurrect themselves, primarily because users run the risk of buying something from authorities posing to be members of the gray market. While using a VPN for dubious activities is fine, using resources through law enforcement is a bit too much. Right now, it is unclear whether ExtraTorrent.cd is truly here to stay or only up temporarily—time will tell. But based on the visuals, it appears to be meeting the overall standard of a quality torrent site.
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Julia Sowells has been a technology and security professional. For a decade of experience in technology, she has worked on dozens of large-scale enterprise security projects, and even writing technical articles and has worked as a technical editor for Rural Press Magazine. She now lives and works in New York, where she maintains her own consulting firm with her role as security consultant while continuing to write for Hacker Combat in her limited spare time.