One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut down by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.


LOS ANGELES -- One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut down by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

Elite Torrents, which had been receiving 8.5 million hits a day and more than 100,000 daily users according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America, offered thousands of illegal movies and TV shows for download.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI have also issued search warrants targeting high-profile members of Elite Torrents.

A number of major P2P sites have been shut down since MPAA members started filing lawsuits against them in December. LokiTorrent, ShunTV.net and BtefNet.net are among the sites that have been put out of business.