Earlier today we reported how RapidShare is throttling accounts of free users to drive away pirates.
Now, just a few hours later, the popular file-hosting service is entirely unavailable for users without a premium account.
All download links go to a ” 404 Not Found” page instead (example).
For paying users the service works normally.
At this point it’s unclear whether the message is intentional or a technical glitch.
TorrentFreak contacted RapidShare and we will update this post when a response comes in.
Update: Rapidshare explains that the 404s were not intentional. “This error is due to a website update and therefore not intentional. RapidShare is working on a solution so that these “false” links should work again soon,” a spokesperson said.