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Feds arrested alleged owner of Kickass seize Domains

Artem Vaulin arrested , Most of Kickass Torrents (KAT) domains like kickasstorrents.com, kickass.to, kat.ph, kastatic.com, thekat.tv, kat.cr, kickass.cr have been seized by the law enforcement.

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.

According to the US Justice Department, the feds have arrested Artem Vaulin the alleged mastermind behind the BitTorrent distribution site KickassTorrents (KAT). The KickassTorrents website kat.cr is down worldwide and most of KAT domains (kickasstorrents.com, kickass.to, kat.ph, kastatic.com, thekat.tv, kat.cr, kickass.cr) have been seized by the law enforcement.

The criminal complaint :

In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the alleged owner is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
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Assistant Attorney General Caldwell said that KickassTorrents helped to distribute over $1 billion in pirated files.
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.”
“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.”

Process of Arrest:

The KickassTorrent mastermind was localized with a trick, an IRS agent undercover bought advertise for five days at the price of $300 per day. The negotiations took place via e-mail, Vaulin used his account trim@me.com hosted by Apple.
Exploiting the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), the authorities obtained information about the KAT providing the bank accounts used to receive the payment for the advertising. The analysis of the account allowed the prosecutors to discover the location of the disclosed the KickassTorrent servers, they were in Chicago.
“Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook,” the complaint reads.
In addition to the arrest in Poland, the court also granted the seizure of a bank account associated with KickassTorrents, as well as several of the site’s domain names.

Good news for torrent users:

The creators of KAT.am claims the site is “hosted on multiple cloud servers to prevent blockade, and the hosting information is well hidden behind Cloudflare.” The anonymous contact said they’d improved on the original KickassTorrents site by adding a mobile version, and noted (with the original, ambiguous, wording retained here) that the site “will has the complete torrent database of KAT, including the comments, user information intact.” We’re not sure whether that means KAT.am has this complete log of comments, etc., or will have it at some point in the future.

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