H33T torrent tracker down?

Posted by TEAM FILEnetworks | 1/06/2009 | | 7 Comments »

Popular public torrent index and BitTorrent tracker h33t (www.h33t.com) has been down since 31st January 2008. Both the site and it’s BitTorrent tracker is offline and the exact reason for the downtime is not known. H33T is an extremely popular BitTorrent site with a large community of users and the lack of news regarding the downtime is a little surprising.

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I tried accessing the official forums located at http://h33tfr33sp33k.h33t.com/ but they seem to be down too. As far as I know, they did not have an IRC channel either (correct me if I am wrong). A somewhat worrying factor is that h33t was hosted in the Netherlands, the country where BREIN is based on. BREIN is an anti piracy outfit that has caused some trouble for torrent trackers hosted in the Netherlands in the recent past. There has however been no news of H33T getting shut down due to any legal pressure. The unexpected downtime may well be the result of a hardware failure, an issue with the hosting provider or something similar and less serious than legal pressure.

Whatever the cause of the downtime is, let’s hope it’s only temporary as H33T was/is one of the best public trackers with less fakes, lots of applications (including All-in-one packs), comics and other rare content not easily found elsewhere. When/if the site comes back online, we will post an updated article so keep checking the homepage.


7 Comments

  1. CrazyMan // 1/06/2009 04:16:00 AM  

    I'm worried as well, there are a number of comic torrents that no one else has, and that I was in the process of acquiring when they went down. Someone on another site said that they were in contact with one of the h33t mods, and the tracker is down because of hardware issues, but who knows if that is true or not. Let's hope it comes back up.

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 1/06/2009 12:44:00 PM  

    CrazyMan,
    Let's hope its just hardware issues and nothing permanent.

  3. Archie // 1/07/2009 08:15:00 AM  

    I hope too.... it's like losing one of your closest friend.... They had cool comics torrents, and nice group of people who were regular in posting them....

  4. TEAM FILEnetworks // 1/07/2009 08:31:00 PM  

    Back online :)

  5. Jim // 2/03/2009 04:16:00 AM  

    All my torrent icons (in Utorrent)have turned red, but they still seem to be downloading. I have very limited technical knowledge where P2P is concerned but the only thing I can deduce from this is that a number of trackers have closed or been closed down. I know all my downloads don't use the same tracker so what's going on folks?

  6. carlos140 // 4/11/2012 05:25:00 AM  

    Looks like it's down again.....

  7. Recovery Of Data Instantly // 7/04/2012 05:23:00 PM  

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