If you are one of those who frequents the KickassTorrents site for free illegal movies and shows, we have bad news.
The alleged founder of the site is said to have been arrested in Poland on behalf of the United States.
The alleged founder of KickassTorrents is Artem Vaulin, A 30-year-old from Kharkiv, Ukraine. He was arrested following a request by the United States for Vaulin to be extradited.
Artem Vaulin faces two counts of criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Currently, all the site’s domains are inaccessible as they are in the course of being seized.
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials,” wrote Leslie R. Caldwell, the assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s criminal division, in a statement.
“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 cyber criminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
Vaulin was caught after he had bought something off the iTunes legally and then proceeded to log into the KickassTorrents Facebook page.
TorrentFreak reports that the US authorities had posed as an advertiser on the site in order to get Vaulin’s bank details. Apple also provided details to the US authorities following the purchase Vaulin made.
Artem Vaulin is said to have amassed over $1 billion dollars from running the illegal Torrent site.