A 30-year Ukrainian Artem Vaulin from Kharkiv was arrested in Poland and charged of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. The United States will seek to extradite Vaulin to the United States.
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell, reports the United States Department of Justice.
KAT is a commercial website enabling users to reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of content, which is illegal. Specifically, KAT made available for download movies that were still in theaters and displayed advertising throughout its site.
KAT was receiving more than 50 million unique visitors per month and is estimated to be the 69th most frequently visited website on the internet.