After months of relatively smooth sailing, The Pirate Bay has been down for more than twelve hours today. The TPB team is aware of the situation, which is likely due to a technical issue. In the meantime, the site's .onion domain is still accessible over the Tor network.
According to a notice published by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the government has launched a 14-month campaign to crack down on 'unauthorized' Internet platforms. That includes censorship-busting VPN services, which will require government pre-approval to exist.