With over one million visitors every day, Kickass Torrents can be said as the world's most popular file sharing site.
The highly successful Torrent distribution site allowed users to easily share music, video, and other file types with people across the world using peer-to-peer sharing. However the torrent website may have finally had its day as US law enforcement arrested the founder and operator of Kickass Torrents, Ukrainian Artem Vaulin. All of the Kickass Torrents domains are currently in the process of being seized.
Kickass Torrents is believed to be worth more than $54 million, with estimated annual advertising revenue about $22.3 million.
Authorities managed to arrest Vaulin by posing as a potential advertiser, which led to his bank account being exposed.Combined with cross-referencing IP addresses used to access various Kickass Torrents accounts, the government believes they found the owner of the site.
Vaulin managed to keep KickassTorrents successfully operating for so long by hosting the site on a wide range of servers and domains. Whenever a copyright owner alleged infringement, KickassTorrents used a lengthy and confusing process in an attempt to keep as many torrents active as possible.
Right now it appears that all of KickassTorrents' domains and proxies are down. It's not clear when, or if, the site will return.