The Pirate Bay, the world's most-visited torrent website, has migrated its operations from physical servers to "the cloud" in a bid to avoid police raids.
A statement on the site's blog explained the move: "So, first we ditched the trackers. Then we got rid of the torrents. Now? Now we've gotten rid of the servers. Slowly and steadily we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into the next stage, the cloud."
The statement adds: "All attempts to attack The Pirate Bay from now on is [sic] an attack on everything and nothing. The site that you're at will still be here, for as long as we want it to. Only in a higher form of being. A reality to us. A ghost to those who wish to harm us."
The Pirate Bay has long been the target of law enforcement agencies, who have been urged to act by organizations representing copyright holders, most notably the MPAA. In May 2006, Swedish police conducted raids, confiscating servers and shutting the site down for three days.
Raids in 14 countries in 2010 also shut the site down for a brief period.
Torrentfreak reports that the site's latest maneuver may have been prompted by rumors that police planned a repeat of the 2006 raids. Moving their operations from physical servers to cloud-based VM's (Virtual Machines) means that there will no longer be a physical location for police to raid, which would allow them to close down the site.
A spokesperson for The Pirate Bay told Torrentfreak: "“If one cloud-provider cuts us off, goes offline or goes bankrupt, we can just buy new virtual servers from the next provider."
Geek.com reports that another advantage of the move is that "none of the several cloud hosting companies being used know they are hosting The Pirate Bay. That’s because TPB retains ownership of its load balancer and transit router, which are both located in different countries to each other."
In addition to the raids, some countries have instructed ISPs to simply block access to The Pirate Bay.