Kickass Torrents R.I.P.

kickassCops haben die weltweit größte Torrent-Site Kickass hochgenommen und den Betreiber in Polen verhaftet. Der bei der Verhaftung beteiligte Homeland Agent beziffert die Werbeeinnahmen der Website auf 16 Millionen Dollar im Jahr. Mein Mitleid hält sich daher eher in Grenzen. (Und ich rechne jetzt mit einem Comeback der Piratenbucht, die sich von dem Raid vor zwei Jahren immer noch nicht so richtig erhohlt haben.)

U.S. authorities announced the arrest of [Kickass Torrents] alleged owner. The 30-year-old Artem Vaulin, from Ukraine, was arrested today in Poland from where the United States has requested his extradition.

In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the owner is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. The complaint further reveals that the feds posed as an advertiser, which revealed a bank account associated with the site.

It also shows that Apple handed over personal details of Vaulin after the investigator cross-referenced an IP-address used for an iTunes transaction with an IP-address that was used to login to KAT’s Facebook account.

“Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook,” the complaint reads.

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Von Ars Technica: Alleged founder of world’s largest BitTorrent distribution site arrested.

[Homeland Special Agent] Der-Yeghiayan also estimated KAT's annual advertising revenue as being more than $16 million per year as of 2016.

In the complaint, the HSI agent also describes how an undercover IRS agent purchased an ad on KAT in March 2016 at the rate of $300 per day. The KAT representative, "Mr. White," provided details for a Latvian bank but warned the American buyer to "make sure that you don’t mention KAT anywhere."

After a successful five-day ad buy, the undercover IRS agent again tried to buy another ad. Mr. White told him that the existing "faster download" ads were all sold out but that he could buy a pricier banner ad at $1,000 to $3,200 per day.