Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2017

Which torrent sites are the most popular this year? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay comes out as the king of torrents once again. Since several torrent sites have shut down in recent months, this year's top list also reveals some newcomers.

2017 

At the beginning of 2017 the torrent landscape looks quite different from a year ago.

With the shutdown of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu, two of the largest players in the scene disappeared.
However, their places were quickly filled by established sites and a few new faces. The Pirate Bay is in the lead once again, closely followed by ExtraTorrent and RARBG, which gained many new visitors in recent months.
The unofficial Torrentz reincarnation Torrentz2.eu is the highest newcomer in fifth place. This meta-search engine copied the look and feel of the defunct meta-search engine and covers dozens of extra sites compared to its predecessor.
TorrentProject is also doing well. The site has been around for quite a few years already but never made it into the top ten before.
Finally, Nyaa.se and Rutracker also deserve a mention. Both have enough traffic to warrant a listing, but we chose to limit the list to sites that are targeted at mainstream content for an English or international audience.
Below is the full list of the ten most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year. The list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa rank for each. In addition, we include last year’s ranking.

Most Popular Torrent Sites

1. The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is the “king of torrents” once again and also the oldest site in this list. The past year has been relatively quiet for the notorious torrent site, which is currently operating from its original .org domain name.
Alexa Rank: 116 / Compete Rank: NA / Last year #2

2. ExtraTorrent

ExtraTorrent has steadily grown its userbase over the past several years and this trend continues. According to the site’s founder, ET’s active community is one of the main reason for this success. The site is also the home of the popular ETTV and ETRG release groups.
Alexa Rank: 244 / Last year #3

3. RARBG

RARBG, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker, has gained the hearts and minds of many video pirates. Movies and TV-shows with a RARBG tag are a common sight on other torrent indexes as well. The site was founded in 2008 but only made its first appearance in the top ten in 2015.
Alexa Rank: 282 / Last year #5

4. YTS.ag

YTS.ag is in no way affiliated with the original YTS or YIFY group, but succesfully took its place late last year. Not all other torrent sites are happy with the ‘brand hijack’ and several are actively banning its releases.
Alexa Rank: 335 / Last year #9

5. Torrentz2

Torrentz2 is a stand-in for the original Torrentz.eu site, which voluntarily closed its doors last summer. The meta-search engine is open about the fact that it’s not related to the “real” Torrentz and positions itself as a new and improved version, searching over 60 other torrent sites.
Alexa Rank: 415 / Last year #NA

Disclaimer: Yes, we know that Alexa isn’t perfect and that Compete has plenty of flaws, but when combined both do a pretty good job at comparing sites that operate in a similar niche.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/13/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Arrival' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Hacksaw Ridge'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.

arrival-torrentsThis week we have two newcomers in our chart.
Arrival is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.


RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.
This week’s most downloaded movies are:
 

Russian hackers of US election created a new Apple Malware


A Russian hacking group who allegedly hacked the emails of the  US Democratic National Committee are now believed to have  now created a malware to hit Apple's Macintosh computers and operating system.

The hacking group, APT28, who are backed by the Russian government, are also known by different names like Fancy Bear, Sofacy, among other labels. They are active since the mid-2000s.

According to Romanian security software company Bitdefender, APT28 have released a new Xagent malware that helps the hackers in creating backdoors in Macs, and through which they can easily steal browser passwords, grab screenshots and nab iPhone backups stored on the computer.

"Currently we don't know what are the targeted organizations, but the links to the APT28 cybercrime group are obvious: The use of the same dropper/ downloader and similar command and control center URLs, as well as sine artifacts hardcoded in the binary files," Bitdefender said in a press release.

APT28 has carried out attacks around the world, but their main victims are  US, Western Europe, Brazil, Canada, China, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea.

WhatsApp Two-Step Verification Will Improve Security

WhatsApp is implementing a new two-step verification process to boost security for users. While it’s an optional security feature, it’ll make it significantly more difficult for a hacker or any other third party to break into your account.

WhatsApp has been testing its two-step verification process since November, and is now beginning its rollout in phases. In order to turn on the feature, you’ll need to log into the app, find your way to the Settings page, then go to Account, where you can enable the security measure.

If activated, users will need to enter a six-digit security code in addition to their phone number and text message or voice call verification. They will also be asked to enter their security code once every seven days. Should users forget their security code, they can register an email address with WhatsApp and use it to turn off two-step verification.

WhatsApp said : “We do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.”

The messaging service also notes, “If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.”

The roll out of the improved security comes weeks after the revelation of a vulnerability in the implementation of WhatsApp’s encryption protocols