Ukranian national 30-year-old Artem Vaulin, the alleged boss of Kickass Torrents, the world’s largest online piracy site was arrested in Poland. He is wanted in the US for Copyright infringement, money laundering among other cases. And he was cracked down thanks to information provided by Apple on his icloud account.
In fact Vaulin is said to have been involved in designing the original website and has been operating it since 2008 through a front company called Cryptoneat. Over the years it became a very user friendly website that will allows access to content that is copyright protected, and became the 69th most visited websites on internet.
Vaulin was arrested at Chopin airport, Warsaw when he was trying to enter Poland. US will be seeking to extradite Vaulin and seize his bank account and portals.
KAT operates in almost 28 languages and make available new movies that still run in theatres, and makes humungous revenues through advertising. The website is valued at $12.5 million to 22.3 million.
However seizure of Torrents and the arrest of its owner may not mean shutting down the site. As was the case with other such sites, the operators often open and reopen the sites with servers in different jurisdictions, sometimes even when the owner is given a jail sentence. Pirate bay is one such site that keeps operating from different locations even though the owner is serving a jail sentence and web domains were seized.
Torrents itself has moved its domains several times after it was blocked.