If you are trying to access Kat.cr or any of Kickass domains, chances are you are going to meet a dead end, this is because the law has finally caught up with it. The man in charge, a 30-year-old Artem Vaulin was arrested by the US authorities yesterday.
According to the press release issued by the Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell was quoted as saying, “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 cyber criminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
Artem will be charged in the US and could face a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment. The conspiracy to commit money laundering charge is punishable by up to 20 years. As at the time of his arrest, they claim Artem had an annual advertising revenue of more than $16 million per year.
What will happen to Kat.cr? The same thing that happened to Piratebay. However, if there is one thing we can learn from the past years, it’s that when there is a will, there’ll be a way and we might have another a KAT alternative coming up.