The Pirate Bay has hit on a down-to-earth, but still Cloud-based plan to outwit the authorities. Instead of operating on proxy servers on flying drones, as it suggested back in March, the controversial BitTorrent website will transfer most of its operation to cloud providers.
The move, the site hopes, will make the file-sharing operation virtually invulnerable to future police raids. "Moving to the cloud lets TPB move from country to country, crossing borders seamlessly without downtime. All the servers don't even have to be hosted with the same provider, or even on the same continent," The Pirate Bay said in an interview with TorrentFreak.
"If one cloud-provider cuts us off, goes offline or goes bankrupt, we can just buy new virtual servers from the next provider. Then we only have to upload the VM-images and reconfigure the load-balancer to get the site up and running again."
The Pirate Bay is currently hosted with cloud providers in two countries, who have no idea that they are hosting the notorious file-sharing site, as the Pirate Bay has kept and continues to operate a load balancer and transit-routers which are used to hide the cloud providers' locations and to prevent the cloud providers themselves from gathering any data about the users or the nature of the traffic.
"All communication with users goes through TPB's load balancer, which is a disk-less server with all the configuration in RAM. The load balancer is not in the same country as the transit-router or the cloud servers," said The Pirate Bay.
"The communication between the load balancer and the virtual servers is encrypted. So even if a cloud provider found out they're running TPB, they can't look at the content of user traffic or user's IP-addresses."
A continual thorn in the side of the international entertainment industry, The Pirate Bay has been in the news a lot recently after co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was arrested in Cambodia and deported to Sweden where he will serve a year's prison sentence for his involvement in The Pirate Bay, as well as undergo investigation into his alleged role in the hack of Logica.
In January, The Pirate Bay decided to stop hosting torrent files and host magnet links instead. It is possible that the sudden move to the cloud could have been prompted by recent police raids on Swedish webhost PRQ. Although the BitTorrent site is no longer hosted on its servers, it had a relay at PRQ, and this, together with a power failure at one of its servers, caused a short outage.
"If the police decide to raid us again there are no servers to take, just a transit router," said The Pirate Bay. "If they follow the trail to the next country and find the load balancer, there is just a disk-less server there. In case they find out where the cloud provider is, all they can get are encrypted disk-images."