People who are following what’s going on in the torrent world are aware that torrent hosting websites change their domains quite often. KickassTorrents had a rule to change their domain every six months.
It was initially launched in 2008 with a .com domain name. It didn’t take long for United States Department of Justice to seize that domain.
Since then, KickassTorrents faced numerous policy issues. Internet service provides blocked their services, Steam didn’t allow the website links to be copied into chat, even Google once exulted KickassTorrents from its search results.
Website’s founder Artem Vaulin was arrested in July and the website was taken down resulting in bunch of clones emerging. One of them was Kickasstorrents.mx, the clone with a Mexican domain.
The website got reported by various copyright holders and the Mexican cyber security agency took the website down. It turned out that the .mx domain website was actually a Pirate Bay mirror with a KickassTorrents skin.
The website founders got surprised when it was taken down because they used EasyDNS to insure that doesn’t happen. They’re trying to contact the Mexican authorities responsible for the website’s shut down but are skeptical about Mexicans getting the website back online.
EasyDNS still has a good reputation of standing up against domain seizures. The .mx domain continues to operate using the kickass.cd domain.
With the bunch of clones emerging users should be careful and watch out for scammers. The most popular kickasstorrent mirror, Kat.am was seized as well and later picked up by scammers who tried to steal users credit card data.