Kickass Torrents Goes Down, Owner Arrested.
Kickass Torrents yes you heard it right, Popular BitTorrent file sharing site Kickass Torrents which was sometimes called KAT or KAT.cr is down and site’s owner Artem Vaulin is arrested in Poland by the U.S.
He is now being charged for his involvement in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. The U.S. Government is now also seeking his extradition to the U.S. from Poland as KAT had caused damages to copyright holders of over $1 billion.
Intrestingly as per criminal complaint Investigators petitioned Apple for help, who provided a copy of his email inbox to authorities.
In addition to Vaulin’s arrest, authorities also seized bank accounts in Estonia and Latvia, servers located in Chicago, USA, and Canada, along with some of KAT’s domains (kickasstorrents.com, kastatic.com, thekat.tv, kat.cr, kickass.cr, kickass.to, kat.ph).
In past KAT had been blocked in countries such as the Ireland, Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Malaysia.