|A Ukrainian citizen alleged to be the owner of KickassTorrents, currently the biggest online piracy site in the world, has been accused of illegal sharing of movies, music and other content worth over $1bn.
Artyom Vaulin, 30, from Kharkiv, Ukraine, was arrested in Poland and is being sought by US authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges. Artyom is alleged to own KickassTorrents, which in recent years has become the world’s biggest file-sharing resource. The US criminal complaint against the man reads that he operates the website offering a sophisticated and user-friendly environment in which its users are able to search for and share content protected by copyright.
At the moment, KickassTorrents distributes movies, video games, TV shows, music and other content and is estimated to be the 69th most frequently visited site in the world. Artyom Vaulin is charged with running the website responsible for illegal distribution of more than $1bn worth of copyrighted materials. According to the US authorities, he relied on servers located abroad and switched domains following the repeated seizures and civil lawsuits in order to evade law enforcement. After his arrest in Poland, the US officials will seek to extradite him to face charges filed in Chicago court, which ordered the seizure of a bank account and KickassTorrents domain names.
Apparently, the US authorities managed to track and identify Artyom Vaulin from records provided by Apple on his iCloud account. Vaulin, aka “tirm”, was involved in designing the original website and ran it through a Ukrainian-based front company Cryptoneat.
Friday, July 22nd, 2016
|So much for the argument that this isn't about money.|
|posted by (2016-07-22 11:45:42)|
|Thanks Apple, you suck|
|posted by (2016-07-22 12:06:59)|
|SMH The FBI never arrested any crooked US Bankers for the 2009 recession. Never arrested any recent cop who allegedly violated someone's civil rights (murder), only have done predictable-outcome Federal investigations on said murders. But yea, they go into another country to arrest a non-violent "alleged" website owner. Its 2016 and the FBI works worldwide now. Here in America, this is what we call, Hollywood collecting their return on the MillionS they donate(d) to the Obama presidential campaigns. Yes, the President is the top Boss of our Justice Department, which under that sits the FBI. BTW, I'm not a weak Democratic nor a scum Republican. End of rant.|
|posted by (2016-07-22 12:15:39)|
|can they concentrate their job on caught terrorism or something ? bah ! no, its better to catch the money before....|
|This is Very sad news.. We lost our home....|
|yea DXtorrent is a mirror of KAT but JimmyNog1 is right...its an unfinished site...i cant login to my KAT account but everything seems to be running smooth|
|Sad news to all..|
Will miss Kickass
Can someone tell me who is Artem Vaulin?? Mr. White OR Mr. Black??
|RIP KAT..We never forget you & no one like you again|
|He is no one HawkEagle, dont worry about it|
|its a sad news.... mis my Kat friends I hope it can rise again as soon as Pirate Bay|
|I clicked on my bookmarked kickass site a little bit ago and saw the homeland security logo and the dept of treasury and the d.o.j. logo PROUDLY displayed as if they had won a war.......and I just can't help but wonder why there isn't any news of the u.s. government going after all the GOVERNMENT'S who have stolen property from u.s. companies..........that being said, did not president Nixon get impeached for destroying public records.....I.E. destroying @ 18 minutes of audio tape.and so we have to wonder.....really wonder, how the destruction, unrecoverable, of 33k of e-mails is not criminal, which brings me to my point.................who is the the government of the u.s. really protecting?|
P.S. R.I.P. KICKASS
|posted by (2016-07-22 17:49:33)|
|Miss My Kickass. Will Hope for its return soon.....|
P.S. Any Ideas what I can go Besides here for downloads
|They deleted users torrents for nothing. They drove me from the site with the deletion and everybody was fed the BS "it will keep Kat alive " Since the first massacre after a torrents day I and others called BS on it and were shouted down and got hated on like we wanted Kat took down for speaking out against it, because it would "save Kat" well as a guy who in six months lost what I did to the point where I had to quit sharing there... I say Welcome to ET lost Kat peeps where the day to day business of being a torrent index continues and the stuff at Kat is the past. I had good there, the first 3 years was good. The last 6 months was hel. I got to prep some ups. Peace|
|Sorry analogkid, but that made no sense. ?? What are you trying to say? Anyways, I literally cried on Wednesday when all this went down. I also miss my KAT friends and i'm still in shock for loosing all of this information, saved torrents, bookmarks, contacts etc. KAT is the best, I really hope they can sort this out. I checked out kickasstorrents.cr and there doesn't seem to be anything new at all. Why would that be? Somebody asked about where others are now going for good torrents/site, I did a lot research on Wednesday when KAT went down and honestly, this is the best place I've found so far. I sincerely appreciate being here, but nothing beats KAT. Loved and sorely missed!!!!|
|On a positive note, traffic has increased significantly here at Extra Torrent. Anything on the top will always be a target, so the next top torrent site will eventually suffer this same fate unfortunately. The best part of KAT to me was the awesome community it had. All the torrents can be found on numerous other torrent indexes so that's not really a loss, but the community KAT had built was by far the best.|
|posted by (2016-07-22 19:36:35)|
|Apple suck no more iphone no more mac no apple after that .... for kickasstorrents|
|proxy of th site appears to be working fine - |
|I agree with you, MixJoint.|
I will miss the KAT Community most of all.
i'd like to see a bit of kat in this site !!
.the ease of searching(all tv means all tv ! not hundreds of outdated shows )is just an example
RARBG is the one releasing everything flat out now but no one comments on quality...at least here in et quality is a privelidge wee all enjoy
broken chat room is no help eiither!! vip members deserve privelidges but i feel the community suffers not being able to search efficiantly and list uploaders with the titles too !!
anyway sad day , sadder than yifi dissapearing....things may not be the same again...
long live decent torrent sites
|R.I.P. KAT my favorite site... Tigbud|
|Miss ya badly already!! RIP KAT|
|watch the flood of new members from kat to here.....1......2.....3....here they come !!|
check the bagging of the "buggy" chat room within 5 minutes of landing here ! rothfl
good grief !!
|he got careless. Why would someone like that even own an iphone? Apple and everything it stands for couldn't be any farther, with regards to intellectual property ethics from people like us.|
|posted by (2016-07-23 02:23:58)|
|KAT never "distributed" anything but links to torrents. I think it will be a very hard case to prosecute.|
|posted by (2016-07-23 03:25:12)|
|A billion dollar fine? Oh, I was afraid it would be some ridiculous amount! If the feds spent half the resources looking for terrorist as they do pirates, we could dispose of the TSA!!!|
|kat was best site ever for torrents i am going to miss you like nokia rip kat|
|KAT is still accessible thru proxies,,,,,,plz go thru thelink provided below in quotes "|
KAT & TPB wilb always best sites (:
|posted by (2016-07-23 08:12:38)|
|You have to laugh - hardly anybody showing support or sympathy to the guy who has been caught running the site and yet everyone just concerned where they can continue to get their torrents. This is not a community in that respect, it's an out for yourself mentality. Then again, torrent sites have been that for the longest time.|
|kickass is down,this is not the end of the world.|
Extratorrent.cc is our next best choice!
|posted by (2016-07-23 10:35:55)|
|hope will back|
|posted by (2016-07-23 10:55:47)|
|be care full guy's crystaltorrents also gone not opening|
|what a sad day|
|If it's the 69th most popular web site that means all the world liked it but the Kazarian mafia govt feels hollywood n the record companies R more important then all the world. Google is also a torrent search engine, Perhaps the FBI should take down Google for the benefit of the above mentioned. By the way hollywood and the music industry are evil, lying, brainwashing, culture creating, Psycological warefare operating, Hoax terrorist making, propaganda propagating, Truth censoring, BS spewing, Violence N conflict creating, satanic NWO illuminati types.|
|The spirit of KAT will live on forever!|
|agree with u TimeBandits spirit of KAT will live on forever!|
| this one is still active but there is n0 latest upload...all is stop 4days ago...i dont if you can log in in your account...|
|posted by (2016-07-23 17:50:19)|
|I just wonder, if there's any difficulty for ET owners to create user friendly KAT-like interface?|
|The new KAT site is in progress, now their forum is up they won't take long to get the rest up and running, if anyone knows me from KAT send a PM for the URL if you have not already got it.|
|If you're going to rip someone off, make sure it's someone with less power and influence than yourself, like wallstreet did and still does, that way, you don't have to worry about someone coming after you.|
|Well Apple Lovers,Look who helped them,|
|This site makes me angry. KAT didnt worry about asking for money. This site makes it mandatory for certain things (VIP Member). The layout needs some work (coming from KAT for the last couple years). I have to search through a whole list to find a torrent with healthy seeders. I could sort it, but i have to be VIP. Sad day for torrents.....|
|The Man is going to be quite disillusioned if he thinks by taking down KAT et al the users will go pay for their Hollywood fix. I will DL a few things (aka hardly bother these days) because they are free just to have a look at. If I were expected to pay then sorry Man, the garbage you produce isn't worth my money. Damn I even feel bad I wasted my time looking at them. I do like certain TV, but that is it, and I torrent that because The Man chooses to put georestrictions on me so I can't see it even when I'd be willing to pay! I don't mind waiting for your 'blockbusters' to be $1 down the local charity shop 5 years after release.|
|posted by (2016-07-24 19:22:17)|
|"Koldkiller" are you mad because you have a different site to come to? I see you are a member, maybe enjoy that part while you can.|
ET has hard working Mods, I have seen that firsthand here.
K-A-T was extremely nice to me, from the Site Admin to the Site President to all the Super Mods that helped me there. Awesome community! Very bad day for the "owner" Greatly missed but a lesson to us all, never think the u.s. wants anything more than to back their money makers..Always use a VPN. 1Bn. fine, is about right considering who is asking for "their" money back. Yeop, WE pay for those movies/records etc..at exorbitant rates so they can treat us as peons. The movie " Apocalypse Now" comes to mind where the u.s. govt. charged Col Kurtz with murder in a war that was solely about making money while they were murdering their own soldiers.
|posted by (2016-07-24 21:04:59)|
|So, it has come to this. My heart is heavy, and, through misty eyes, and waterfall nostrils, I say goodbye to the torrent(ial) home formerly known as KAT. \|
Fare thee well, and may our paths cross once again in this infinite sea of ExistEnce.
Thanks for all the times, all the achievements unlocked, reall, for EVERYTHING>
I now quit life.
|posted by (2016-07-24 21:35:23)|
|KAT will be sadly missed by many, me included, BUT it does posibly beg a question whether sites should limit their size and/or category specialisation (lik ABB) to make themselves "organically" self limiting and less of a Money Grab temptation target to THE MAN.|
Also having multiple sites for different categories would make it a harder job on the authorities to go after one "WHALE" instead of countless "KRILL" if you get the meaning.
A new model of Torrenting Site may be the way forward. Micro sites, sure they can be operated by one entity ultimately, but spread around cleverly and diversely so that it just makes it much harder to "pin the tail on the donkey" for THE MAN who really wants the money BADLY, and that is all it boils down to. Cold Hard Cash........
I suspect if they're afte $1BN USD then the guy has probably got many many times that amount from the income streams generated from his online presence.
I believe it (KAT) will be back, just like "Mega.Com" the man, not the site. He just altered the model slightly and is up and running again just fine.
The internet Masses wil always be a good few steps ahead of THE MAN and will have been prepared and probably relaunch the day after the case is squished or settled.
In real terms, there are BIGGER divorce settlements nowadays so, the fine may seem big, but is small fry in comparison to what The EU Commision is going after from Google: as 10% of worldwide revenue for Monopolising and Unfair Search Preferencing charges. The difference? I guess they're both criminal activities in blunt terms BUT Google will keep it 'Quiet and Hushed' out of the spotlight with a larger payoff, but it'll never be full public knowledge.
If there are sums like $1BN USD to be made in Growing and Running a site like KAT, then it's gonna be like a Hydra, they've attempted to sever one head and already more heads replace it, "figuratively speaking".
They can't win the battle and frankly a LOT of companies saw the sites as great marketing data and devices for monitoring their shows. I know for certain as two of my friends DID THIS EARNING AGODD LIVING as OUTSOURCED secretive work for multiple production companies who actively used the information and feedback in forums to inform decisions they would make.
The levels of Torrenting versus the "PAY as you USE/VIEW models" simply do not come close to really hurtng the companies real bottom lines so very few bother to DMCA in "hard attack form", and this KAT attack is all simply about the money, they said that very clearly. It isn't about REAL Copyright Principles and/or Protection For Authors, Producers of Material nor about money earned by Actors or Rock Bands even, it is simply a MASSIVE PUBLIC self promotion EXERCISE IN MONEYGRABBING and it will NOT prevent the rise of KAT again, TPB proved that.
The "unwashed masses" will come out on top in the battle each and every time, given thet having the time and willing numbers which is always there will far outstretch the reach of THE MAN. Athorities simply cannot compete against the vast numbers of P2P users, and Torrent Providers, especially when they should be taking down Terrorism Promotion Sites and priortising Child Protection on the web, and doind what they were created for and get to properly protecting the People and The Country in each particular case, against crimes and sites that TRULY HURT PEOPLE and not a tiny minority of Infringed upon Wealthy Bleeding Hearts...... and that is not what it is anyway as those bleedinh hearts won't see a nickel of any fines, if they are paid. The Laws were made to provide income for Governments. If they wanted KAT they could have done this years ago instead they waited until the money was potentially bigger for them.
As for APPLE. They won't help the Police hack a phone to take down a proper nasty criminal, but will give away details of someoene if they think it might benefit THEIR income stream.
Like torrenters are suddenly gonna start buying from Apple? LMAO. If anything, by getting involved thhey have ensured that any very rare "converted buyers" from the torrent community will defnitely buy from other cources out of spite lol. I know I would, but I dont touch Fruit Tech in any form at all on so many points of principle, Android all the way for me, as the lesser of the two eveils, Google Has it's "flaws - a - plenty", but pay up and move forward instead of battling the WRONG battles fiercely because they think intelligent people are going to think APPLE devices are safer.
FFS If you have half a brain you'll know that you can dame near GUARANTEE with utter certainty that each model that Apple release WILL be very QUICKLY hacked, inside a week I'd reckon, and the exploits sold on the web many times over, and APPLE taking the step on this KAT scenario of rolling over like a tickled kitten just because they stupidly think it serves their income streams to do so, just shows APPLE for who they truly are. NOT Innovators, simple old fashioned Capitalists. Moneygrabbers extraordaire.
In the meantine This site has always been one of my favoured DL sites, under various guises of course, and I seed like its a religion to give back to the community. If you are loooking for more sites to use or to track down your favoured uploaders, just think a little and some of the Uploaders of TV shows in the "millions" have their own sites, and have actually in some cases moved them to even more secure places very recently, and for movies the same applies, think of the uploaders and you'll find your way to their sites too. This will feed the Krill vs Whale Model perfectly and disseminate activity around, and therefore making it less attractive and more difficult to pull a TPB or KAT stunt again.
Spread yourself around like it's the "summer of love" every day......... "give your seed" to a multitude of sites, and that should help to keep the "goalposts moving" I think is how they put it?
Now i'm off to visit 5 sites for some torrents for myself and family/friends as well as keep sseding the stuff I downloaded on here earlier today (15hrs ago)that was 2.56GB of files total now seeded back for 148GB already and getting the goods out to all until I reach 100 to 1 for sure, hopefully longer as it is a slow day or two on weekly downloads for me and not many movies I haven't already hit up eaither so keep giving, seed til I bleed as long as the UL rates are good an high and getting to people in high numbers, and THE MAN can go whistle dixie if he thinks this KAT stunt will stop me for even a single minute! Other than to take time while DL's/seeding ticks over to sit and type this one here, to slag off THE MAN and what has happened, lol
|Man those FBI guys need to find some honest work really bad. I mean as if it's not bad enough these clowns have been CAUGHT REPEATEDLY funding, arming, training and radicalizing any incompetent fools they can find that are dumb enough to say publicly they want to bring down the U.S. or whatever. Often it's confirmed the guys are so foolish the FBI has to provide the bomb. Now, after they created a phantom enemy and a bunch of real copy-cat enemies, rather than cracking down on them like their extra funding was allegedly for, they instead do things like this.|
They know you can't ban or ever stop pirating any more than drugs or guns or stupidity- that's why they use that as justification for more money. I mean hey, while you're at it, why don't you just pass a law banning "jihad" and see how many radicals go "Well, I was going to kamikaze you guys and go bang 72 virgins, but seeing as it's now illegal and you have all these "Jihad Free Zone" signs everywhere, I think I'll just go home".
Yeah that makes perfect sense. If they wanted to stop jihadis they'd just get a Muslim to say he died for 5min after blowing himself up and met Allah, and the 72 virgins and then realized everyone gets the same 72 frigid virgins.
If they wanted to stop 'pirates' of data, they'd do it like welfare and give anyone with a low income an allowance of free movie/TV vouchers. But before they did that, they'd imprison the criminals at the NSA spying on everyone like they did to MLK Jr. during COINTELPRO in the 1970s. Then maybe without the double standard of data theft, people >might< respect copyrights.
|kat was thee best site ever...although almost everything can be found on other sites, uploaders usually uploaded to kat 1st. the kat proxies are working, Barely. kat will be missed. ET officially my new #1 site.|
|Just more proof that U.S.government agencies are more concerned with protecting|
corporate america s billions than the man in the street.
|posted by (2016-07-25 12:39:43)|
|FBI could't bring the responsible of 9/11 to justice in their own country. but proved to be the best intelligence agencies.|
|Sad to see my former home go like that.|
|posted by (2016-07-25 17:02:36)|
|just a minor ripple in the file sharing world these governments waste their time and resources on denying our freedom instead of protecting the people on the streets from coward terrorists....|
|posted by (2016-07-25 17:38:46)|
|I loved kat but I loved first which in back up and been back up but isn't the same as it was back in the day. I loved kat because of the music selection which I really can't find anywhere else which was demonoids old data list.|
Here's a site you mite like
the party well never stop
|As Forest Gump said "Sh!t Happens!"|
Just be safe and always wear your vpn.
And who says Kat is dead? Et,tpb, 1337x, all are part of the whole and as long as the whole continues to change. As long as we heed the mistakes of what happened here and really think about those accounts with face twit apple linc...
Shall we continue Pirates... or sit around and whine? ever yours da
|posted by (2016-07-26 09:15:21)|
|I don't get why they keep taking sites down , more pop up , but KAT was and hopefully will be again a great site ,as to is Et, been a member for a fair while and never commented before ,but to all the Et members and uploaders on this site and others , I for one appreciate all you do,thanks from oz|
|posted by (2016-07-26 10:11:28)|
|Just with torrent sites in general, there are always been collections of games, music, book or programs, that ain't there anymore in the shops. Only on torrent sites. So, it is really a shame on the feds and apple and rest that is involved with this.|
We are living in a digital time now and those that hunting down torrents sites, are living in the past. Afraid to lose money, but....thinking of working WITH torrent sites, they never thought of that.
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