On Thursday, the U.S. Government had arrested Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents (KAT). However, speculations are rife that the site may resurrect in few months.
KickassTorrents was established in 2009 and it became one of the largest torrent sites in a short span of time. Since the site had infringed copyright laws, several ISPs across the world had blocked access to the site and finally?the?major blow came yesterday when the Vaulin was arrested in Poland.
Now that Kickass Torrents (KAT.cr) and its related domains are KickassTorrents.com, Kstatic.com, Thekat.tv, Kickass.cr, Kickass.to and Kat.ph are no longer accessible, people are now using ThePirateBay (TPB), ExtraTorrent and IsoHunt as alternatives.
In 2014, access to TPB was blocked by Swedish authorities. However, the site became accessible again in early 2015. The same is being expected from KAT.cr as the site is expected to resurrect in the near future.
Even though KAT and its official domain names are inaccessible, it seems that the downtime may last for a temporary period. The reason behind it is that the officials have not acquired the servers of KickassTorrents and its several domains are in still in control with KAT, Torrent Freak reported.
ThePirateBay was able to come back as it had created backups of its data. It is likely that KAT?s data may have been backed up. However, it will be a risky move to restart the site as criminal charge has been levied up on KAT?s alleged owner.
Uploaders and users are worried about what sort of data is in the possession of the authorities. It seems that the officials have a large amount of data as they confirmed to have private messages that were exchanged on KAT. It is unlikely that the authorities will target regular users, but they may investigate large-scale uploaders.
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