KickassTorrents goes offline as owner is arrested


New Delhi: Earlier this year, popular torrent site The Pirate Bay was taken off the internet. Now, the world's number one file-sharing site KickassTorrents (aka KAT) has been shut down over orders from the Chicago district court. A 38-year-old Ukrainian, Artem Vaulin, understood to be the owner of KickassTorrents, has been arrested by the U.S. Justice Department in Poland and extradition process has been initiated.

Vaulin has been charged with criminal charges by the US Justice Department. ”Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials,” said Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s, as reported on Verge.

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The complaint against Artem Vaulin says that the website offers a user-friendly environment where users can search for and locate content which is copyright protected. The complaint also mentions that the website has made available movies that were still in theatres earning revenue from advertising throughout its site.

“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,” said assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell. The federal court in Chicago has ordered the US officials to seize seven domain names associated with the Kickass Torrents.

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