If you, like many others, have primarily been using KickassTorrents for downloading music, movies, TV series and games, you’ll have to look for an alternative source. The alleged owner of the popular torrent site has been arrested by the US government in Poland and the website has been taken down. Also Read - Elon Musk slams Twitter and Google for rising scams, fake bots
Artem Vaulin, 30, was arrested in Poland on a number of charges including conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement, TorrentFreak reports. The copyrighted material on the site is valued more than $1 billion, a complaint filed in the US District Court in Chicago reveals. Following the arrest, the federal court in Chicago ordered the seizure of the domains. At the time of filing the story, we weren’t able to access the website. Also Read - IRCTC sending warning emails to users against fraud tourism website, files FIR
“In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice,” the press release issued by the Department of Justice notes. Also Read - Hackers attack Indian healthcare website, steal records of 68 lakh doctors and patients: FireEye
Vaulin, who also goes by the name ‘trim,’ is alleged to be the person who founded the popular torrent site back in 2008. He is also likely to be the person involved in financials and daily operations of KickassTorrents. Investigators have identified a handful of servers associated with KAT, including one in Chicago.
Investigators believe that Vaulin was running another company called Cryptoneat, which may have been used in part for concealing some of KickassTorrents’ operations. They have also revealed that they went undercover to advertise on the torrent site, through which they learned about the company’s bank account.
Taking down KickassTorrents would worst hit the torrent community as it is not only the most popular torrent site, but also bigger than Pirate Bay. According to the criminal complaint filed against the site, KAT has more than 50 million unique monthly hits and is the 69th most frequently visited site online, Gizmodo reports.
This is not the first time, such an incident occurred before where ThePirateBay founder was arrested and site was taken down.
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