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Google puts a stop to torrent piracy site Demonoid because of malware

Popular piracy site Demonoid has been temporarily blocked by Google and other companies, as the site reportedly has been spreading malware.

Published Sat, May 10 2014 9:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Anyone trying to visit the popular Demonoid file sharing website now gets a warning letter from Google, informing visitors that the site has been flagged for reportedly spreading malware. Mozilla Firefox also has automatically blocked the site, and the malware infections are being blamed on a third-party advertiser, according to Demonoid officials.

Google puts a stop to torrent piracy site Demonoid because of malware | TweakTown.com

Demonoid reportedly was flagged for suspicious activity two times in the past 90 days, with Google adding the following: "Of the 75 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 4 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2014-05-10, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2014-05-07."

Internet piracy is a perfect way for cybercriminals to infect users with malware, and will remain a popular target moving forward.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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