The world’s largest anti-piracy coalition has recently focused on our country, with several mega-operations in the recent past.
According to information published by ACE, AtomoHD has been operating since 2020, when a group of people, including repeat offenders for intellectual property infringement crimes and evading justice, fled to Andorra. From there they managed to launch one of the main sites for downloading pirated content, illegal streaming and reference torrents among pirates. Pirated content affects all ACE members.
Since its creation, it had registered 235 million visitors with an average of 9.7 million monthly visits and 484,000 unique visitors. 90 percent of online traffic originated in Spain, followed by the United States, Germany and France. AtomoHD (formerly known as AtomixHQ) served illegal content through 60 web domains. In case someone tries to log in, they are being redirected to ACE and will be redirected to the “Watch Legally” page of the Anti-Piracy Coalition website.
“This removal represents another major victory for ACE over distributors of illegal content. It is becoming increasingly clear that major criminal operators like AtomoHD are not immune from ACE enforcement actions,” said Motion Picture Association Executive Vice President and said Jan van Vooren, Head of Global Content Protection and Director of ACE.
The AtomHD project was first born as AtomicHQ, but in the middle of last year it moved to the new name by which this pirate website was known. It was common for ISPs to block their own domains, but they had a long queue that after a short period of time was replaced by various domain extensions (eu, tel, care, link, inc, click, pl, wf, pm, vip, vet, Twi, etc.).
days without activity
This group of pirates had a Telegram channel in which they posted information on various domains, to which the service was migrated after one of them was blocked. It often happened that no more than two or three days passed without a new alternative appearing. The last message in this group is of 28 April.
Similarly, the domains of various web addresses were inaccessible for several days, something that may be better understood following today’s statement from ACE.
In the case of accessing any of the domain variants specified by the Telegram group, regardless of the method, the result varies between loading errors or the appearance of an ACE disclaimer implying that the page has been taken down and Be informed about how to view legal content and the consequences of not doing so.