“His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.” The complaint further reveals that the feds posed as an advertiser.This revealed a bank account associated with the site, which they have also attempted to seize.30-year-old Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the world's largest torrent site Kickass Torrents, was arrested by the US Government in Poland, where where the US has requested his extradition.Kickass Torrents is a commercial website that enables users to illegally reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media since 2008. The company could not be reached through websites, which were suffering outages, while there was no immediate response to a request sent to KAT through social media.The man behind the web’s biggest piracy network has been arrested, charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.The owner of the file-sharing website KAT was indicted on Wednesday for copyright infringement in the United States for enabling the distribution of more than billion US worth of movies, video games, music recordings and other content, U. Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, was arrested in Poland and U. officials want him extradited to face charges that also included conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to attorneys for the U. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. There was no legal representation listed for Vaulin in any court docket, a U. One of the domains operated by KAT, Kat.cr, was the 70th most popular website in the world, according to monitoring firm Alexa.
With millions of unique visitors per day, it is now one of the most-used Bit Torrent portals online - even bigger than The Pirate Bay .Alongside the arrest of the alleged site owner in Poland, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of Kickass Torrent domain names, in an attempt to close the site down.“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over billion of copyrighted materials,” he said.“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.
In a criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Chicago , Vaulin has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
Assistant Attorney General Caldwell told the US Department of Justice that Kickass Torrents helped to distribute over billion in pirated files.