Internet Backbone Provider Cogent Blocks Pirate Bay and other “Pirate” Sites
Si c’est la vrai, ça n’est pas rien.
Several Pirate Bay users from ISPs all over the world have been unable to access their favorite torrent site for more than a week. Their requests are being stopped in the Internet backbone network of Cogent Communications, which has blackholed the CloudFlare IP-address of The Pirate Bay and many other torrent and streaming sites.
The sites in question all use CloudFlare, which assigned them the public IP-addresses 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. While this can be reached just fine by most people, users attempting to pass requests through Cogent’s network are unable to access them.
The issue is not limited to a single ISP and affects a small portion of users all over the world, the United States and Europe included. According to Cogent’s own backbone routing check, it applies to the company’s entire global network.
For now, however, we can only speculate what the reason or target is. Since so many of the sites involved are accused of facilitating copyright infringement, it seems reasonable to view that as a possible cause. However, this remains unconfirmed for now.