Poland, July 21: The owner of file-sharing website ‘Kickass Torrents’, Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, was arrested in Poland on Wednesday. He was arrested for copyright infringement related to the distribution of more than $1 billion worth of movies, video games, music recordings and other content according to the reports.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division of US, made an announcement of his arrest. He said, “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.”
According to the reports, investigators had approached Apple to cross-reference an IP address used for an iTunes transaction. The same IP address was later used with Kickass Torrents' Facebook account, thus giving the investigators a chance to arrest Vaulin. The website was running with several different domain names like kat.ph, kat.cr and more. The authorities have seized the main website and rest of its domain names.
“Copyright infringement exacts a large toll, a very human one, on the artists and businesses whose livelihood hinges on their creative inventions,” said U.S. Attorney Fardon. “Vaulin allegedly used the Internet to cause enormous harm to those artists. Our Cybercrimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago will continue to work with our law enforcement partners around the globe to identify, investigate and prosecute those who attempt to illegally profit from the innovation of others.”
Vaulin used the screen name as ‘Tirm’. He was involved in designing KAT’s original website, oversaw KAT’s operations and allegedly operated KAT under the auspices of a Ukrainian-based front company called Cryptoneat. Several motion pictures currently available for download and sharing on KAT are still showing in theatres, including Captain America: Civil War, Now You See Me 2, Independence Day: Resurgence and Finding Dory, as per reports.