123Movies is one of the oldest movie streaming pirated websites. This website started in 2015 and makes a huge collection of movies to watch movies online free.
123 movies website’s owner is connected with other groups of pirated websites like GoMovies, MeMovies, 123movieshub, and GoStream, etc. These websites are pirated file-sharing website and also provides high-speed download and no buffering.
In March 2018 Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) called these group world’s “most popular illegal site”. As per a criminal investigation by cybercrime department of Vietnamese authorities in 2018 these sites being shut down. As per reports in December 2019 these website groups are still active via its clones.
123movies free Website Running Story
As the government suspends the main domain of 123movies, they running websites via changing their domain or using 123movies proxy. The original website was “123movies.to” which later changed to 123movies.is and then to gomovies.to. After gomovies.to, it’s changed to gomovies.is and then memovies.to and at last 123movieshub.is before shutting down.
As per MPAA, 123movies had 9.26 million worldwide unique visitors in August 2016. Business Insider reported in October 2016 that 123movies online was the most-used pirate website for watch movies online free.
123movies provides different languages of movies in different quality like HDCam, DVDScr, DVDRip, HDRip, BluRay, etc. 123movies used different video file-sharing websites like Openload, Streamango, and MyCloud to provide high-speed no-buffering streaming. Torrent news site TorrentFreak covered all news regarding its uptime/downtime, domain change, domain block, and other information when it was alive.
123movies website owners also started a new anime download website and also become the best sites to download anime. It remained active also after the shut down of 123 movies.
As reported by Torrentfreak, the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius requested to suspend all illegal file sharing and free movie streaming website including 123movies. MPAA described 123Movies and GoStream that “The site takes numerous steps to hide the identity of the operator, including using Cloudflare, but there is strong reason to believe the operator is still in Vietnam; content is uploaded using cyberlockers from numerous email accounts originating from Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy“
In March 2018, 123movies becomes the most popular illegal movie streaming website in the world. It was operated from Vietnam and gots 98 million visitors/month. On 19 March 2018, the site goes offline and also give a note that, ‘We’ve been providing links to movies and shows for years. Now it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for being our friends and thanks for staying with us that long. Please pay for the movies/shows, that’s what we do to show our respect to people behind the movie/shows.’