Users of private torrent tracker Torrents.Ru were in for a surprise today. When they tried to access the site using its regular URL www.torrents.ru, they got redirected to a different domain. This was not a simple mistake or a prank played by Torrents.Ru’s admins – the Russian based tracker is apparently having a dispute with authorities about it’s old domain name. It appears that the domain torrents.ru has temporarily been suspended until the matter is resolved. However, the site’s members need not worry – Torrents.Ru is up and running on an alternative location http://rutracker.org. Earlier, TRU’s old URL used to automatically redirect users to the new location. However, this seems to have stopped now, causing panic among quite a few user’s who are unaware of the new domain.
As we once discussed on this blog, Torrents.Ru is probably the world's largest private BitTorrent tracker. It has more than two million registered users and when the site goes down, some of these users begin to worry :p Thankfully, TRU administrators have been kind enough to post an update on the current situation on site’s new homepage. A translated version of the announcement (which was originally in Russian) is given below:
Today (February 18, 2010) by "Ru-Center" (Moscow, Leningrad Prospect, д.74, korp.4 Tel 7 (495) 994-46-01 7 (495) 737-06-01, www.nic . ru) without warning, and any notice has been suspended domain delegation TORRENTS.RU. According to information from the "Ru-Center" Delegating domain TORRENTS.RU suspended by order of the Investigative Division of Chertanovskaya Moscow regional prosecutor's office from 16.02.2010g "
In "En-Center sent the corresponding request, however, it is likely that the clarification would take some time, during which torrents.ru address will not be available.
In this regard, we had to urgently change the domain name to rutracker.org. Technically, this means that in order to continue the exchange of information you need to change the address in the tracker have downloaded a torrent file with bt.torrents.ru on bt.rutracker.org, (instead of bt can be bt2, bt3 and bt4) or download the torrent files again (they already have a new address tracker). All the other links on the forum will be changed automatically, but you may need to re-enter login and password when you log on the forum to the browser to remember the new address.
Good news about the move is that there hasn't been any data loss apart from the domain change - all user accounts, torrents, stats, forums posts, etc are in tact. The site is now up and running on RuTracker.org and guess what, even registrations are open.
Site URL: Torrents.Ru (http://rutracker.org/forum/index.php)
IRC Channel: irc.p2p-network.net/torrents.ru