The U.S. Government has arrested the owner of the most popular torrent-sharing website in the world, Kickass Torrents, often called KAT. United States government has seized seven of its domains, following the arrest of its alleged owner, Atrem Vaulin, in Poland.
The 30-year-old Ukrainian was charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. Exact details of Vaulin’s arrest were not available.
In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on July 8, he is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice website, “Vaulin is being charged “with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.”
The statement also accuses Vaulin of stealing “more than $1 billion in profits from the U.S. entertainment industry.” The complaint said,website on the internet.”
“KAT receives more than 50 million unique visitors per month and is estimated to be the 69th most frequently visited
Commenting on the announcement, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said that“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.”
There is no illegal content found on the site itself, but it provides download links for the unauthorized copies of content from other users’ computers.