Police raid doubles Pirate Bay’s popularity

The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most popular websites for illegal downloading of movies, has doubled its number of visitors after Swedish police shut down the site for three days, according to an Internet monitoring site, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter said on Sunday.

Swedish authorities closed the site after several raids on May 31. The site reopened three days later using servers in The Netherlands.

Figures released by, a US-based Internet monitoring company, showed that traffic to the Pirate Bay had doubled since the site reopened, Dagens Nyheter said.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the site makes more than 157,000 illegal files available including recent releases such as “The Da Vinci Code”, “Mission Impossible: III”, and “Poseidon”.