According to the United States Government, KickassTorrents was operated through Cryptoneat, an alleged “front company” located in Ukraine. Now, however, Cryptoneat’s web’s presence is no more. In addition to the disappearance of its website, the company’s main domain has just expired.
The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the charges against his client and release him from prison. According to his lawyers, the alleged site owner can’t be held criminally liable for pirated files KAT users may have downloaded.
Over the past couple of weeks, two of the largest torrent sites on the Internet shut down. After KickassTorrents was shut down by the U.S. Government, meta-search engine Torrentz.eu also said farewell yesterday. Looking back over the years, they are not the only torrent giants to have fallen.
The most popular KickassTorrents mirror is not a mirror at all. At least, not one that lists torrents from the defunct KAT site. Instead, it’s merely serving content from the Pirate Bay, misleading visitors with a KickassTorrents skin.
Earlier this week KickassTorrents was taken down following a criminal investigation into the site’s alleged owner. Since then, millions of frequent users have taken refuge elsewhere. The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent are among the major beneficiaries, with the latter reporting an instant traffic spike of more than 300%.
It has been just over a day since KickassTorrents (KAT) was shut down by the U.S. Government, following the arrest of the site’s alleged owner. While the official site is still offline mirrors and copies are being launched left and right, with some misleadingly claiming to be an “official” resurrection of KAT.
Yesterday the U.S. Government delivered a massive blow to KickassTorrents. With its alleged founder arrested and pretty much the entire site’s operation compromised, it’s not obvious that there will be a Pirate Bay style comeback anytime soon.
The U.S. Government has arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the world’s largest torrent site. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland today and is charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. In addition, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of several KAT domain names.