KickassTorrents seized by feds, alleged owner arrested
Popular torrent site, KickassTorrents is currently offline as U.S. authorities has seized several KAT domains and arrested the alleged owner of the site.
According to Torrent Freak, 30-year-old Artem Vaulin, from Ukraine, was arrested in Poland and is awaiting extradition to the U.S. A criminal complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago where Vaulin is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
In addition to the arrest, several KickassTorrents domain names have been seized as well as bank accounts associated with it.
In a press release published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General Caldwell said that KickassTorrents is “responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.”
sources: Torrent Freak