US authorities have arrested the founder of KickassTorrents, the world’s largest torrent site, according to reports.
Artem Vaulin of Ukraine has been charged with copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
A federal court in Chicago subsequently ordered the seizure of several KAT domain names.
This is not the first time the US government has gone after torrent sites, with US authorities calling for foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites.
Another high-profile casualty in the war on piracy was The Pirate Bay, which was offline for two months after it was taken down in a police raid.
World’s biggest torrent sites
With the founder of KAT now in custody, authorities may shift their focus to other large torrent sites which provide access to copyright-infringing material.
Besides KAT and The Pirate Bay, other prominent torrent sites which may be targeted are listed below – arranged according to their Alexa global ranking.
- Torrentz – 189
- ExtraTorrent – 448
- YTS.ag – 693
- RARGB – 767
- 1337X – 1,144
- TorrentDownloads – 2,765
- torrentHound – 3,110