A few days ago, all those hoisting the digital Jolly Roger found themselves confronted with the tattered remains of a once-beloved port. KickassTorrents, one of the most popular sites for the illegal uploading and downloading of games, movies, and music, was taken down by United States authorities.
One by one, the proxies that many considered to be safe havens were also removed from the web, while consumers flocked to alternatives, such as the ubiquitous and well-known Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay itself has had a slew of legal trouble over its activities and digital theft, but has still remained a bastion of internet piracy – it’s named well-earned.
However, just as the tears were shed and the coffin was lowered into the ground for the last time, a rotted fist punched through the lid. Yes, KickassTorrents is back, and apparently better than ever.
According to Express.co.uk, there is a new domain for KAT, though we will not publish it here. According to a statement sent to technology blog The Verge, the creators of the new-and-improved Kickass Torrents have the site “hosted on multiple cloud servers to prevent blockade, and the hosting information is well-hidden behind CloudFlare” – an advanced internet security product.
Furthermore, the new site reportedly even has a mobile version – apparently, on-the-go consumption is not merely limited to legal entities anymore. Perhaps they are trying to keep up with BitTorrent’s streaming service?
Kickass was already thought to be worth more than $54 million as a site and received more visitors than even The Pirate Bay. With the new creators apparently having access to all the information from the old site, including files, comments and even user data, the only question that remains is whether this the new KickassTorrents v2.0 will meet the same fate of its predecessor. Only time will tell.
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