Do you like downloading free stuff on the internet? Don't say yes, bro—unless you want to get arrested like Artem Vaulin, allegedly the man behind the torrent site KickassTorrents (KAT), said to be the largest torrent site in the world.
In an article dated July 20, the website Torrentfreak.com published the report about the 30-year-old Ukrainian's arrest—an arrest that was made in Poland by the U.S. government. The man was charged with copyright infringement and money laundering by a federal court in Chicago. In addition, the seizure of several KAT domain names has been ordered as well as the extradition of Vaulin from Poland.
Below is the criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago as it appeared on Torrentfreak:
Other important details revealed in the Torrentfreak report:
1) The police posed as an advertiser to pull off the sting.
2) Apple handed over personal details of Vaulin after the investigator found that an IP address used in an iTunes transaction was also the same IP address used to log in to the Facebook account of KAT.
3) The U.S. Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell commented on Vaulin's arrest: “Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.”
4) Caldwell added this about the matter: "His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
Torrent supporters, you may have to find another way to entertain yourselves in the meantime. The site is up via the URL http://dxtorrent.com/ but given the current conditions, no one knows how long it will last.