When it comes to private torrent trackers that deal with General/0Day content, Torrent-Damage is easily one of the best. The past 24 hours however hasn’t exactly been a joyride for the veteran BitTorrent tracker. Users of TD found it impossible to access the site through it’s usual domain www.torrent-damage.net. This has of course sent some loyal members, who assumed the site was shut down or raided, into a state of panic . However there is no reason to worry; TD’s downtime is caused by DNS issues and these will soon be resolved (probably in a couple of days time). If you can’t wait till then, there are several ways you can access both the site and tracker right now.
You can either edit your hosts file so that www.torrent-damage.net resolves to the correct IP bypassing the DNS server or your can browse the site using the temporary domain www.torrent-wiki.net. Editing your hosts file is recommended if you have downloads in progress but if you don’t feel like changing their tracker URLs. If you currently aren’t leeching anything but want to start downloading a new torrent, easiest way would be to use the alternate domain. More information about both these methods can be found below (Following is a post quoted from TD’s forum):
We are currently experiencing DNS issues, and are working to correct the problem as we speak. Due to the nature of DNS itself, things like this can take a couple of days to completely fix. There's no reason to panic though.
For now, please try the following:
Modify your hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ or /etc/hosts) with the following entries:
You may also use the temporary URL to browse the site: www.torrent-wiki.net
You may connect to IRC using: irc.torrent-wiki.net
Thanks for your patience, we'll get this resolved soon.
With 25000 torrents and over 40000 active members TD is a pretty large private tracker. Since we have featured this site several times on this blog, lots of our readers should already be members there. Hope this article was helpful if you were locked out of TD.