kickass torrent's url redirected me to the half-assed phillipino domain registry, offering it for sale. Check of "kickass torrents down" yeilds this:
I find it hard to believe that the domain name expired. I think a more likely explanation is some kind of governmental action.KickassTorrents is down, possibly because the domain name expired. People all around the world are unable to access the second most visited torrent site since an hour or so. TorrentFreak contacted the admins to ask for an explanation, but we have yet to hear back from them.