The US Government has arrested the owner of Kickass Torrents Artem Vaulin from Poland; Kickass Torrents is allegedly responsible for distributing over $1 Billion of copyrighted materials.
Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.
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.
Records provided by Apple showed that firstname.lastname@example.org conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 188.8.131.52 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook.
Artem Vaulin, the owner of Kickass Torrents, was caught by the FBI after they posed as advertisers in order to reveal the bank accounts that were associated with the website. The FBI also worked with Facebook and Apple with a view to cross reference the IP addresses used on the Kickass torrents Facebook page and iTunes transactions.
The full US Federal press release for the US’ arrest of Artem Vaulin here.