The popular file sharing site KickassTorrents which was infamously shut down back in July is apparently back at a new address. Speculations are rife that Kat.cr is back online though it appears not to be working across various countries.
KickAssTorrents was one of the most visited torrents website and known for its user-friendly UI, a good search engine and its ability to host latest torrents. However, the site went offline earlier in the summer when owner Artem Vaulin was arrested over copyright infringement.
The torrent scene took quite a breakdown and several torrent sites have since tried to replace KAT. Top alternatives such as The Pirate Bay (TPB) and ExtraTorrent have filled the shoes but it hasn?t exactly been smooth sailing.
With rumors of Kat.cr back online, the fans and the torrent community will be elated for sure. Though of course, these rumors haven?t yet been backed by reliable sources. It is to be seen whether or not the said website provides new updated content or it is just another of those mirror sites hoping to cash in on KAT?s traffic.
Earlier, reports such as from Yibada indicated that Kickass was sure to be back in February 2017 yet. Speculations are rife that Vaulin, who was denied bail, recently has another hearing scheduled next year. Should ?defense counsels have the criminal indictment against the accused KAT owner dismissed, the site would be up and running sooner than expected.
As of now, confirmation of such rumors has not been received. Only time will tell whether or not KickassTorrents returns from the dead or is finally buried in line with the anti-piracy crackdown.
KickassTorrents alternatives go down
Meanwhile, security agencies have beefed up their anti-piracy efforts. Two major KickassTorrents alternatives–Zone Telechargement and DL Protect, have been shut down in France.
Zone Telechargement was first to go offline on November 29 after its offices were raided by French Gendarmerie in association with the French police, reports Yibada. Though the website managed to resurface a few hours later, the links appeared broken and the service repeatedly went offline. Also, DL Protect got shut down without any kind of prior notice to its users.
The French police arrested 10 people on copyright infringement charges and more arrests are expected. The authorities targeted these two websites in particular because it is believed that both of them are run by the same organization. Both websites also managed to earn more than 10 million euros.
Though far smaller than their TPB and ExtraTorrent, both sites?were the most visited in France. Their apparent shutdown has resulted in fear among the torrent community. Speculations suggest?authorities might come cracking down on PirateBay and other popular sites soon.
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