US authorities have arrested the alleged owner of the site torrents world’s largest after Apple share data linked to your iTunes account, data that federal investigators were able to locate the suspect. As we read in TorrentFreak, Artem Paulin, owner of KickAss Torrents, was arrested yesterday in Poland, accusing him of being behind this platform torrents also known as KAT, which recently overtook Pirate Bay. In KickAss Torrents we could find almost everything from the last chapter of our favorite series, until the latest version of any application either Windows or Mac as well as any song or album that has just hit the market.
Department quickly justifies the United States has requested the extradition of Vaulin, 30-year-old on charges of violation of copyright and money laundering. The linchpin of this arrest was facilitated by Apple to deliver the data from the last purchase made in iTunes with which the authorities could find out the IP from where it was made, same IP used to log into the Facebook account KickAss Torrents.
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “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.”
KAT operates in 28 languages and offers the latest releases coming to the movies a few hours of its release and other content with that obtained important advertising revenue. Researchers posing as an advertiser to find out the bank account of the company used by KAT. The United States Department of Justice estimates the current value of KAT is 54 million, with annual advertising revenue of between 12 and 22 million. KAT has contributed to the distribution of more than one billion files and pirated videos.