KickassTorrents seized by feds and owner arrested

KickassTorrents seized by feds and owner arrested

If you try to visit a KickassTorrents domain name you will probably be greeted by a blank webpage or image from the FBI that claims “This domain has been seized.” KickassTorrents domain names, including kat.cr have been seized by feds and the alleged owner, a 30 year old Ukranian man named Artem Vaulin was arrested in Poland on July 20th. Other KickassTorrents like kat.tv are expected to be seized by Verisign.

kickasstorrents seized by feds

The United States Federal Government arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents in Poland and charged the man with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. Furthermore, a federal courthouse in Chicago also ordered the seizure of several KickassTorrents domain names, including kat.cr and kickass.to.

kickasstorrents federal court complaint

KickassTorrents happens to be the world’s largest torrenting website after the fall (and slight rise) of ThePirateBay. KickassTorrents websites have millions of unique visitors stopping by their websites to download torrents, read blogs, and have discussions every day. However, this new blockade on the popular torrenting website suspends immediate hope of a return for the popular torrenting website in the near future.

Another thing to be weary about is that the federal government might now have information about their users and uploaders. The complaint mentions private messages that were sent through KickassTorrents. This suggests that authorities have obtain access to a large amount of data.

Regular users of the website are unlikely to be targeted by the government for any purpose. However, big-time uploaders might have something to fear. The information gathered can possibly be used in future investigations against large uploaders.

Feds posed as advertisers

The complaint filed in the district court against KickassTorrents and owner Vaulin reveals that the federal government posed as an advertiser which allowed them to obtain access to KAT’s bank account.

Apple gave feds personal information

The complaint also discloses that Apple gave the federal government personal details of Vaulin after the feds cross-referenced an IP-address used for an iTunes transaction with an IP-address that was used to login to KAT’s Facebook account.

“Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook,” the complaint states.

On this matter, Assistant Attorney General Caldwell comment that “KickassTorrents helped to distribute over $1 billion in pirated files” and that “Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.”

Caldwell also added that “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.”

Could there be a comeback for KickassTorrents in store? The future is not clear at this moment.

 

ThePirateBay “Could not connect to caching server 00”

ThePirateBay “Could not connect to caching server 00”

If you visit one of The Pirate Bay’s websites such as thepiratebay.org you will be shown a blank white page that says “Could not connect to caching server 00”. The “Could not connect to caching server 00” error means that thepiratebay website is having server issues.

Could not connect to caching server 00

This error has been common on TPB’s websites for many years. The server issue is usually fixed within hours.

ThePirateBay.se is down, mobile domain suspended

ThePirateBay.se is down, mobile domain suspended

ThePirateBay.se is down and their mobile website has been suspended. The Pirate Bay mobile website TheMobileBay.org has reached the same fate as other TPB websites including .LA, .GD, .VG, and .MN. TheMobileBay.org is listed as “clienthold” which is the same thing that happened last December to the other domain names when they were suspended by its registrar.

ThePirateBay.se is down

TheMobileBay was launched 18 months ago for users of mobile devices. Mobile devices have been automatically diverted to the special mobile version of The Pirate Bay. However, this week the diversions began to falter.

It’s very likely that a copyright holder complaint is the reason for the indefinite suspension of The Mobile Bay. However, this has not been officially confirmed by TPB.

ThePirateBay is no longer reachable at TheMobileBay.org domain and if you try to visit thepiratebay.se you will be met with a CloudFlare webpage that says “website is offline.” This is the same thing that happened to the other domain names before they were lost for good. It is unclear what exactly is happening with thepiratebay.se but we have not been able to reach it on different devices from different locations around the world.

Kat.cr is down

Kat.cr is down

Update: KickassTorrents seized by feds and owner arrested

Popular torrent website kat.cr (KickassTorrents) is currently down. If you visit kat.cr you will be directed to a blank webpage that says “This webpage is not available” and shows a ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED error. There is no specified reason as to why kat.cr is down. Websites that contain torrents and streaming videos are commonly down for various reasons.

kat.cr is down

A ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED error is usually associated with client side DNS errors; However, many internet users are experiencing issues accessing kat.cr which suggest that the website has moved, been removed, or is experiencing server issues.

More information will be added to this post when available.

UPDATE: Kat.cr is back up and accessible to some. Reports indicate that the website may load very slowly and will only show HTML text.

Several Pirate Bay domains are down, suspended by registrar

Several Pirate Bay domains are down, suspended by registrar

Several Pirate Bay domains are down

Some of The Pirate Bay’s websites are currently down. They were suspended by the domain registrar and essentially seized for good. ThePirateBay.LA, .GD, .MN and .VG were all suspended by their registrar, along with several other TPB related domains. Currently ThePirateBay.SE (.org) is up and running although the website did have issues earlier in the day.

This morning ThePirateBay.la, ThePirateBay.gd, ThePirateBay.mn, ThePirateBay.vg, and other associated FM, .SH, .MU and .TW domain names were all listed as “clienthold” by the registry. This means that the domains are no longer accessible.

At this point there is no official statement from TPB or any source close to the situation on the reason for the seizing several of TPB’s domain names. The registrar responsible for the domain seizures appears to be Idotz.net;  1api/Hexonet reseller based in the United States.

Nosvideo is offline due to gateway time-out error

Nosvideo is offline due to gateway time-out error

Nosvideo is offline due to gateway time-out error

Popular video streaming website nosvideo.com is currently offline due to a gateway time-out error (also referred to as a 504 error). If you try to visit the nosvideo website you will be presented with a CloudFlare webpage that says “Website is offline No cached version of this page is available.”

A gateway time-out error indicates that a server did not receive a timely response from another server that it was accessing while attempting to load the web page or fill another request by the browser. Most of the time this simply means that the server is down or not working accordingly.

The Pirate Bay is offline

The Pirate Bay is offline

The Pirate bay and other popular torrent website such as Yify are offline. If you try to visit The Pirate Bay you may notice a notification message from CloudFlare that says “This page (https://thepiratebay.vg) is currently offline. However, because the site uses CloudFlare’s Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.”

The Pirate Bay is offline

The reason why The Pirate Bay is down is currently unknown, but it’s not uncommon for the website to experience outages.

The Pirate Bay underwent database maintenance for a few days on October 5th and the popular torrent website was down on October 1st.

The current situation with the ThePirateBay website doesn’t seem as serious as the previous occurrences for the common user because the website is cached and still accessible. You can still access the website, browse the website, and download torrents. You just will not be able to use the website to upload. Legitimate proxies are also still up and running.

KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs

KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs

KickassTorrents (KAT) and the kat.cr domain have been blocked again by Google Chrome and other internet browsers due to harmful programs. The last time this happened was on October 9th of this year. If you attempt to visit the KickassTorrents webpage you will be presented with the red security error webpage that says “the site ahead contains harmful programs.” This is nothing new. Kat.cr has been blocked a lot recently by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox due to harmful programs. The harmful programs stem from an advertiser the popular torrent website uses. The advertiser may contain links to malware and unwanted programs, as well as websites that simply want to scam you and phish your personal details.

KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs

If you want to bypass the security error page to visit kat.cr you can simply click details and visit this site on the red security error page.

Google claims to have found malicious software on the website. The Google Safe Browsing report card states some pages on the KAT website send visitors to the following dangerous websites: downloadnet1004.com and adventuredistricthotels.com.

Source: https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/index.html#url=kat.cr

The KAT team usually informs us that the bad advertiser will be removed, so the warning should disappear after Google reviews it.

How to turn off Google Chrome phishing & malware warnings

To access kat.cr and other torrent websites using Google Chrome without having to click details and visit the site every time you leave the site and return you can turn off phishing and malware warnings using the instructions below. Otherwise, just click details and visit the site until the option expires.

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu (customize and control Google Chrome).
  2. Select Settings and go to Show advanced settings.
  3. Under “Privacy,” uncheck the box “Enable phishing and malware protection.”

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