Torrentz search engine said goodbye finally
Weeks after search engine Kickass Torrents was shut down following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin in Poland, another major player Torrentz.eu shut its portals on Friday, a media report said.
Torrentz.eu announced “farewell” to its millions of users after The Pirate Bay decided to cease its operation.
Founded in 2003, Torrentz had millions of visitors per day the site grew out to become one of the most visited torrent sites.
After more than 13 years of service, the popular site announced its farewell just a few hours ago, that too without any warning, Next Web reported.
While the homepage is still active, Torrentz has completely disabled its search functionality and has similarly removed all torrent links.
“Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines,” a text read while searching for content.
The site’s user are no longer able to login either. Instead, they see the following message: “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.”
Two weeks ago, Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian owner of Kickass Torrents, was detained in Poland after being charged with a four-count US criminal indictment which was followed by shutdown of the search engine.
Vaulin was charged with money laundering and violations of several copyright laws.
On 20 July 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced that it had seized the KAT.cr domain and had identified its alleged owner. Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian man known online as “tirm”, was detained in Poland after being charged with a four-count U.S. criminal indictment. The remaining domains were taken offline voluntarily after the KAT.cr domain name was seized. Following the seizure of the original KAT domain multiple unofficial mirrors have been put online. These have no connection to the original team who have been urging users to exercise caution. A number of these mirrors have since been taken down
Vaulin was arrested after investigators cross-referenced an IP address he used for an iTunes transaction with an IP address used to log into KAT’s Facebook page. The FBI also posed as an advertiser, and obtained details of a bank account associated with the site. The investigation was led by special agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan, who also tracked down Ross Ulbricht, the operator of the online drug marketplace Silk Road.
The criminal complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by Homeland Security Investigations, said that it was in possession of full copies of KAT’s hard drives, including its email server. The investigation suggested that KAT made over $12 million per year in advertising revenue.