Online pirates rejoice! Kickass Torrents is back from the dead

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Kickass Torrents or KAT as you may know it appears to be making a comeback.

Having been shut down last year by US law enforcement the site has been revamped and relaunched.

At its peak the site had over one million users a day making it the most popular file sharing website in the world with users able to share music, videos and other file types through peer-to-peer sharing.

KAT was founded by Artem Vaulin and was so successful that it was estimated to be worth $54 million but Vaulin was arrested in Poland in July 2016.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, of the US Department of Justice, said in a statement: “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.”

It is believed that the KAT has been revived by some of the original members of the founding team and is now known as KATcr.

Speaking to TorrentFreak, the staff behind the website said: “The majority of our original Staff, Admins and Moderation team joined us after Kat.cr went down – which is something we’re very proud of.

“This shows the loyalty, dedication and real love for KAT that we all share.”

“We have all our major uploaders on board and they continued to share tirelessly even before the torrent engines returned.

“The torrent community can continue to expect to see uploads from all the names they know and trust,” the KATcr crew revealed.

And when pushed about the legality to bringing the infamous website back, the staffers told TorrentFreak: “KAT is a community-based forum and a torrent search engine. It’s the heart of who we are and that will never change.

“Despite opinions to the contrary, torrents are not illegal and we do not host any content.”

Whether the US law enforcement that shutdown the original website sees it that way remains to be seen.

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