KickassTorrents — Domain Names Seized! Owner Arrested! Website Goes Down!
The federal authorities have finally arrested the alleged mastermind behind the world’s largest and most notorious BitTorrent distribution site KickassTorrents (KAT), the US Justice Department announced on Wednesday.
After The Pirate Bay had suffered copyright infringement hardship, KickassTorrents (KAT) became the biggest and most-used pirate site on the Internet, attracting millions of daily unique visitors.
However, the site appears to be offline after its alleged owner Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national was apprehended in Poland today, and the US government has requested his extradition.
Although some proxy sites seem to be currently up and running, its main site, https://kat.cr, appears to be down worldwide and most of the other KAT domains, including kickasstorrents.com, kastatic.com, thekat.tv, kat.cr, kickass.cr, kickass.to, kat.ph, have been seized by the authorities.
Charges Filed Against KickassTorrents Owner
According to criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Chicago, Vaulin faces:
Two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
One count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.
One count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The United States federal authorities say that KickassTorrent has caused damages of more than $1 Billion to copyright holders.
Source | thehackernews