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Kickass Torrents Goes Offline; Alleged Owner Arrested

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    i just read this on gizmodo... quite a jolt.

    If you, like so many, used KickassTorrents (KAT) as one of your primary sources for downloading movies, music, and more, you’re out of luck, as the alleged owner of the site was arrested on Wednesday.

    According to TorrentFreak, Artem Vaulin, 30, of Poland, was arrested in the Ukraine on a number of charges, including conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.

    According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the copyrighted material over on the site is valued at over $1 billion.

    The US is seeing to extradite Vaulin and a federal court in Chicago has ordered the domains to be seized.

    Vaulin, also known as “tirm,” is thought to be the person behind the founding of the site in 2008 and was heavily involved in the operations and financials of KAT.

    Investigators identified a number of servers that could be tied back to KAT, including one in Chicago (hence the complaint being filed there).

    They also allege that Vaulin was running the company Cryptoneat, which they say was used in part to conceal some of KAT’s operations.

    “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 in a press release issued by the Department of Justice.

    This is a big hit for the torrent community, since KAT was one of, if not the, most popular torrent site, even bigger than the Pirate Bay. According to the criminal complaint, KAT is the 69th most frequently visited website online, and receives over 50 million unique hits a month.

    Additionally, the criminal complaint reveals that investigators went undercover to advertise on the site, which revealed a bank account that was used.
     
  2. Windmm

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    Where can I download Porn now?
     
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    Yeah, can't access the site now. I hope he makes enough out of the website to afford a good lawyer.
     
  4. The Scarlet Pimp

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    shoulda used a vpn! :D
     
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  5. asap1

    asap1 BANNED BANNED

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    Should've accepted payment via bitcoins.

    RIP Artem Vaulin
     
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    It never seems to end well for owners of big torrent sites :/
     
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    us conspiracy theorist warned that their coming for your internet freedoms
     
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    i can access the site fine?
    edit: jk
     
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    been using kat, i guess i have to go back to TPB!
     
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    If he knew to black hat ;)
     
  11. Capo Dei Capi

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    Did they get him for accepting payments in USD, or did he have some servers in America? Or was it both since it was money laundering and piracy. US jurisdiction for these issues its complicated.
     
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    yeah.. IP address was 109.86.226.203... not using a VPN.. but i don't think it would have helped much if he was since they had his bank accounts from the advertising inquiry.. you just have to follow the money right?
     
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    I cunt a4d to torrent.
     
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    The moles, The Noles, THE MOLES. Whack the moles.

    Na, Na, Na, ya cant get me; I was hiding in my mommies left titty:
    http://kickasstorrents.ee/
     
  17. The Scarlet Pimp

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    this is a good reminder to use a vpn if you aren't already. the companies are already uploading traceable torrents to catch people.

    "game of thrones" is doing this.
     
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    When was operating a piracy site for financial gain an internet "freedom".
     
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  20. neilbhabuta

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    You make it sound like the biggest criminal activity ever has had its mastermind arrested. Alot of what he did many of us on here are doing already