Late in October the torrent outfit YIFY took down their website and mysteriously ceased operating. TorrentFreak is now reporting the operator of the outfit has reached an undisclosed settlement with the MPAA (archived). A substantial casualty of this settlement is Demonii, the largest public torrent tracker which had been operated by persons affiliated with YIFY. The unprecedented settlement is suggestive of the possibility that the entire YIFY operation may have been a false flag for its entire duration. Readers using torrent software are advised to block connections to the Demonii tracker as it may be used as a data collection tool by the MPAA and other Copyrast operations.