After it was shut down following the arrest of its alleged founder, Artem Vaulin, in Poland, the domain name was seized by the US Justice Department.
As with most torrent sites today, KickassTorrents' (KAT) servers were distributed all over the world, making them nearly impossible to take down at once. It is now available at Katcr.co, which was originally started as a community by former employees of Kickass Torrents, and initially did not have any torrent or link in it.
So, what's stopping authorities from shutting down the torrent website once more? Their efforts are documented on forums at Katcr.co.
Now after a long wait the original staffers of the site has launched Katcr.co/new which is familiar in terms of design and look.
Today, KAT staff members added the torrent sharing section, which according to TorrentFreak is not an identical copy of the original KAT database.
Following the shutdown Several similar sites came up online, claiming to be the reincarnation.
Before it was taken down, KAT reached a mammoth size, being one of the top 100 sites on the Internet, way ahead of more reputable sites such as CNN, BBC, ESPN, Forbes, Craigslist, 9Gag, and more. It's the fact that the website has chose to only keep "safe elements". "Despite the fact that a rebuild took longer, the safety of our community comes first".
There is now a DMCA takedown procedure at the new site, which the admins believe will help keep KAT out of legal trouble.
We couldn't verify that statement for ourselves because the new site appears to be down. The site shows a message stating that server loads have been affected.
It has been nearly five months when FBI, Police and other law enforcement agencies managed to shut down the trusted torrents website, KickassTorrents.