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Postby SlyckTom » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:55 pm

It appears that one of the largest eDonkey2000 communities is no more. Often occupied by over 1 million eDoney2000 users spread over several servers, Razorback2 is often regarded as the very lifeblood of this network. This morning, users of this server network found their community offline.

At this time, details are extremely <a href=http://sd1239.sivit.org/raz/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4 target=_blank>scarce</a>. However it is being reported the Federal Belgian Police have raided and seized Razorback2's servers. In addition, it is suspected the administrator of Razorback2 is currently in custody.

Razorback2 was an eDonkey2000 indexing server - very different in nature from an indexing site such as ShareReactor. Unlike indexing sites, Razorback2's index was only available through an eDonkey2000 client such as eMule. While it does not host any actual files or multimedia material, it does index the location of such files on the eDonkey2000 network. The legality of such indexing remains questionable, however this has not deterred copyright enforcement actions.

Giving credence to this report, the Razorback2 <a href=http://www.whois.sc/razorback2.com target=_blank>home page</a> simply times out upon request. In addition, pinging the IP address of Razorback's home page and eDonkey2000 servers yields the same result. Only "fake" Razorback2 servers are online, communities designed by copyright enforcement entities to mimic yet deter unauthorized file-sharing.

The Belgian Federal Police homepage at this time have no information regarding this raid, however considering the magnitude of the situation this should change. One thing is certain; Razorback2 has been removed from the eDoneky2000 network. Most noticeably, the eDonkey2000 population has shrunk from its usual 3.5 million users to approximately 3 million users - an unusual departure from its average.

<b>Update: Below is the MPA press release provided to Slyck.com:</b>

BELGIAN & SWISS AUTHORITIES BREAK RAZORBACK2

World's Largest P2P Facilitator Put Out of Illegal Business

Brussels, Los Angeles-- In a joint operation today police and prosecuting authorities in Belgium and Switzerland shut down the infamous file-swapping network Razorback2. Razorback2 was the number one eDonkey peer-to-peer server facilitating the illegal file swapping of approximately 1.3 million users simultaneously. Razorback2 was operated as a commercial enterprise indexing over 170 million files including millions of copyrighted movies, software, games, TV programming and music with international and U.S. titles. The site was regularly used by people located all over the world, with the vast majority of users based in Europe.

"This is a major victory in our fight to cut off the supply of illegal materials being circulated on the Internet via peer-to-peer networks," said Motion Picture Association (MPA) Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman. "By shaving the illegal traffic of copyrighted works facilitated by Razorback2, we are depleting other illegal networks of their ability to supply Internet pirates with copyrighted works which is a positive step in our international effort to fight piracy."

Swiss authorities arrested the site's operator at his residence in Switzerland this morning and searched his home. At the same time, on the authority of a local magistrate, Belgian police seized the site's servers located at an Internet hosting center in Zaventem near Brussels. The operation conducted by Swiss and Belgian authorities aimed at cutting off a major supply and facilitator of illegal files to several popular illegal file swapping networks. By shutting down Razorback2, the ease with which pirates can obtain illegal content online will slow dramatically. Since November of 2004, authorities have closed down all of the major eDonkey servers in the United States, and now, Europe.

The operators of Razorback2 had clear financial motives. In addition to collecting "donations" from users, revenue was also generated through the sale of advertising on the site, usually promoting pornographic websites. In addition, the availability of offensive content will be inhibited. The operators of this eDonkey site chose not to exercise control over files being traded by users which including those containing child pornography, bomb-making instructions and terrorist training videos.

"Razorback2 was not just an enormous index for Internet users engaged in illegal file swapping, it was a menace to society," said Executive Vice President and Worldwide Anti-Piracy Director John G. Malcolm. "I applaud the Swiss and Belgian authorities for their actions which are helping thwart Internet piracy around the world."

Razorback2 posted statistics on its site regarding the number of uses online at any one time, reveling in its reputation as the world's largest P2P facilitator. Today, users attempting to connect to Razorback2 read the message "Razorback space 2.0 appears to be dead."

Chris Marcich, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the MPA's European Office said: "We are very grateful to the Swiss and Belgian authorities for their cooperation and effective action in dealing with this particularly egregious enterprise and the individual profiting from it."

The MPA and its member companies, working with the local film industries, have a multi-pronged approach to fighting piracy, which includes educating people about the consequences of piracy, taking action against Internet thieves, working with law enforcement authorities around the world to root out pirate operations and working to ensure movies are available legally using advanced technology.
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Postby secure5150 » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:32 pm

Damn, that sucks. I used Razorback a lot, but what about Kademelia? Isn't this the reason Kademelia was created, so that when they start taking down the servers everyone could move over to a decentralized network?
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Postby G-smooth2k » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:35 pm

Dude, that sucks they got tons of users & files.
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Postby Allied » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:36 pm

I stopped following ED2K news a long time ago, so I'm a little confused.

Was Razorback just servers, or was there something on their website that would warrant its shutdown.

The homepage url in the article is razorback2.com. Is there a difference between Razorack and Razorback2?
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Postby SlyckTom » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:45 pm

Good points Allied, I should edit my article to explain exactly what Razorback is.

Razorback is a eDonkey2000 indexing site. They host ed2k links such as ShareReactor did.

Razorback2 is the successor to Razorback. I think after a complete overhaul of the site it was renamed, but someone else may have better info on that.
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not true - razorback was just edonkey meta servers

Postby nxm » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:54 pm

razorback was never an indexing site like sharereactor in the old days.

they only had a edonkey server backend running, which helps the edonkey/emule clients to index and search and spread their file lists and lookups for filenames and so forth.

it wasnt a website with categories of content or discussions about "illegal" files or downloads.
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Postby Dycck. » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 pm

If Dual opteron or First-load are stable and efficient as Razorback2.0, then it should be fine. For a 'while'.
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Postby rulle » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:00 pm

SlyckTom wrote:Good points Allied, I should edit my article to explain exactly what Razorback is.

Razorback is a eDonkey2000 indexing site. They host ed2k links such as ShareReactor did.

Razorback2 is the successor to Razorback. I think after a complete overhaul of the site it was renamed, but someone else may have better info on that.


I'm a little surprised you can be this far off, SlyckTom. Razorback servers don't (and never did) host ed2k links. They were eD2k indexing servers, meaning the servers you log onto using your ed2k client of choice.
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Postby SlyckTom » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:02 pm

Well dont be too suprised. That's what happens when you smoke crack in the morning. Wow where did I come up with that one? Anyway, fixing the article AWS.
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Postby nxm » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:02 pm

rulle wrote:I'm a little surprised you can be this far off, SlyckTom. Razorback servers don't (and never did) host ed2k links. They were eD2k indexing servers, meaning the servers you log onto using your ed2k client of choice.


that has already been mentioned before. maybe the authors gonna fix his article tho
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Postby SlyckTom » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:05 pm

maybe the authors gonna fix his article tho


Its been fixed. See below.

Razorback was an eDonkey2000 indexing server - very different in nature from an indexing site such as ShareReactor. Unlike indexing sites, Razorback's index was only available through an eDonkey2000 client such as eMule. While it does not host any actual files or multimedia material, it does index the location of such files on the eDonkey2000 network. The legality of such indexing remains questionable, however this has not deterred copyright enforcement actions.
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Postby Webby » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:07 pm

:( That's quite a shock, I wonder if this will once again push a few people to try out some of the anonymous p2p applications?

R.I.P Razorback Servers

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Postby P2P_G » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:10 pm

R.I.P Razorback Servers :(:(:(
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indexing edonkey files is more like what google does to the.

Postby nxm » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:11 pm

... web out there...


edonkey servers are just like centralised search engines.

edonkey clients automatically submit their "links" (metadata of their files, hashcodes, filenames, filesizes, so forth) to the edonkey server and those servers keep a global (big and huge) list/database of what all connecting clients have to offer


every client can then submit searches for filetypes, filenames, filesizes, hashcodes and so forth.

basically the very same thing when submitting an url to google (or any other websearch engine) and then searching for urls and stuff in the search engines.


this censorship, making-information-unfree, anti-free-speech-shit has to stop at last.


opensource and opencontent rules the world. its best to stay away from closed source and (software)patents and unfree information and "knowledge" anyways.

otherwise this content-fashism, drm-protection-paranoia and crazy-patent-stuff will never go away.

dont buy shit you dont like - and dont even pirate it either. support stuff you like, buy stuff from people you like instead of "stealing" shit you dont even use nor need.

keep this world free
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Postby bitz » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:21 pm

Webby wrote::( That's quite a shock, I wonder if this will once again push a few people to try out some of the anonymous p2p applications?

R.I.P Razorback Servers

Cheers Webby


We can only hope :wink:

Even if just a few percent of the peers that used razorback were to join the i2p network, it would make a huge difference.

Also as a side note, I have noticed some of my posts keep being removed, such pointless censorship. :P

Guess I maybe should just start posting more to my blog and just post a link the posts there. That way if they do get cut from forums and anyone else I post to, they will still be up there. Sigh, at least slyck is not nearly as bad as some other forums.
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Postby MaGicDust » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:34 pm

Razorback! Ah, my all time favourite server. With razorback down, i guess search time will increase since it was real quick to search through 1million users if connected to razorback.

Hopefully razorback might make a come back though, all the best...
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Postby zim » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:43 pm

Suprised they lasted this long...

Guess we now know how long it takes to buy off any police force into doing the copyright cops bidding.
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Postby TV-Slut » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:45 pm

Frack! This is huge! The current trendy p2p protocal has been BT, so many people may not understand the enormity of this news. But it's HUGE for the ed2k world! This is a total setback for the ed2k network.

No, the ed2k network doesn't collapse because of the takedown of RazorBack, but it's a huge lose.

This is very sad news.
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Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:50 pm

bitz: i don't know many forums that tolerate someone trying to turn every thread into a discussion of their own personal favorite thing ;)
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Postby P2P_G » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:52 pm

TV-Slut wrote:Frack! This is huge! The current trendy p2p protocal has been BT, so many people may not understand the enormity of this news. But it's HUGE for the ed2k world! This is a total setback for the ed2k network.

No, the ed2k network doesn't collapse because of the takedown of RazorBack, but it's a huge lose.

This is very sad news.


This came as a shock 4 me and my sister :( bcuz we all used eD2k!!! :( damn :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby who_me » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:52 pm

one word:
KAD
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Postby Allied » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:06 pm

Added Razorback to the graveyard. I listed the date of birth as November 2003. I'm not 100% certain about that.. :?
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Postby TV-Slut » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:09 pm

who_me wrote:one word:
KAD
:roll:

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Haha... While I am in full solidarity with the West on this issue of freedom of press/speech, I'm a bit surprised TomSlyck would tolerate the use of this cartoon as an avatar on this forum. Is Tom not afraid of the reprecussions from the Muslim fanatics? Death threats?

I tried submitting the 12 photos to mininova.org but after a day the torrent was deleted. It's interesting to me that mininova.org succumbed to the political pressure.

who_me, I respect your right to use that cartoon as your avatar (freedom of political/religious expression), but I think it's a stupid thing to do and you're just asking for trouble.
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Postby Kullt » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:16 pm

R.I.P. Razorback

Does anyone know exactly what information these servers keep and how long they keep it for???

I fear they now have a massive list of what files were availibe on what IP addresses at what times, from a large portion of ed2k :shock:
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Postby Christopher » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:18 pm

I don't understand how they could take down Razorback2. It hosted no files, except for a directory of ed2k hashes and links, and a ed2k indexing service.

It had NO illegal files on the server itself as far as I know.
Could it be that someone was using it for something other than ed2k and THAT is why they are in trouble and the servers were seized?
That's the best explanation I can come up so far, because many countries have already said that if they want to take down ed2k servers, they also have to take down Google, MSN Search, and others.
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