An Incredibly Simple Mistake Brought Down The Man Behind Kickass Torrents

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07.22.16 13 Comments
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One of the more popular torrent sites online just went dark and the reason seems to be one of the silliest. 30-Year-Old Artem Vaulin is the man reported to be behind Kickass Torrents, the file sharing site that recently surpassed The Pirate Bay in terms of illegal downloading. Vaulin had been pretty good at moving the site through proxy servers and keeping it online, but then he made the simple error of purchasing something legally on iTunes and giving away his location according to Tech Crunch:

The U.S. government has applied for his extradition after he was located after using the same IP address to make a purchase, presumably legally, on iTunes and then log into the KAT Facebook page.

Vaulin has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. The attorney general suggested in a statement that KAT had “stole[n] more than $1 billion in profits from the U.S. entertainment industry.”

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