Today’s been a pretty bad day for private torrent trackers with ScT deciding to shut down and CaratNetworks getting DDOS’d – here’s more bad news. Just hours after SceneTorrents (ScT) decided to close down, FTWR (aka ‘The Rabbit’), another veteran general torrent site known for its tight knit, closed community too has shut down probably for ever. FTWR’s elusive homepage (which not many know of) now states ‘The Rabbit Is Dead. Long Live The Rabbit’. Unlike in ScT’s case, we can safely rule out any anti piracy involvement as the cause of downtime seem to be a massive hard drive failure. A current screenshot of FTWR’s homepage can be seen below:
FTWR’s IRC channel now has the following topic:
'The Rabbit has died - massive hard drive failure. May he rest in peace. watch out for the phoenix.
We’re not quite sure what the phoenix reference is all about. Perhaps that means the the site may return in the future or it may be resurrected in the form of a spinoff, etc. We have so far not been able to confirm anything and for the moment, FTWR remains down, with no ETA.
EDIT: Something that was posted on FST:
Yes, the Phoenix is reborn from it's ashes in mythology. No, FTWR is not going to be "reborn". We lost all our database. The latest backup we have is from December 2008. The staff had three options:
1. Close the site.
2. Start from the 1-year old backup.
3. Start from scratch with the code.
The owners of the site decided to go with #1.