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isoHunt is back!

Less than one month after isoHunt was shut down and its founder served with a $110 million fine, the BitTorrent site has triumphantly returned to the internet, resurrected by a web preservation group known only as 'ArchiveTeam.'

The torrent index site - which provides users with links to illegally posted movies, music, video game, and software files – closed down earlier this month after more than a decade online. The announcement, quietly made in a court document filed October 17, also indicated that isoHunt’s Canadian founder, Gary Fung, would be forced to pay a $110 million fine to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for “inducing” copyright infringement. was officially re-launched on Tuesday. The site has the same layout and color scheme as the former incarnation of isoHunt. Perhaps most crucially, also points users toward all kinds of media content which they would otherwise have to pay for.

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Silk Road website taken down by FBI

Silk Road website, also known as eBay for drugs, or for illegal drugs, was taken down, on 2 October 2013, by FBI.

Silk Road was founded in February 2011. On June 1st, Gawker did a profile story on the site, which led to "internet buzz" and an increase in website traffic. On June 2011 U.S. Senator Charles Schumer asked federal law enforcement authorities such as the DEA and Department of Justice to shut down the website. Authorities seized the domain on October 2, 2013 as part of the arrest of the site's alleged owner.

In February 2013, an Australian cocaine and MDMA dealer became the first person to be convicted of crimes directly related to Silk Road after authorities intercepted drugs he was importing through the mail, searched his premises, and discovered his Silk Road alias in an image file on his personal computer. Australian police and the DEA have targeted Silk Road users and made arrests, though with limited success at reaching convictions.

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