Ever since The Pirate Bay had its servers raided, users who downloaded torrents had to seek alternative websites for their torrenting needs, and one of the more popular options available was KickassTorrents (KAT). The website enjoyed a surge in popularity before authorities were quick to seize its domain which at that time was registered in Somalia, hence the .so suffix.
The website then launched itself at a .to domain suffix owned by the government of Tonga and recently it looks like that domain has been seized as well. In fact when the group tried to redirect users to its other website that ended in .im, it seems that those efforts were futile as well, largely due to the Isle of Man whose government has a zero tolerance policy towards copyright infringement.
According to an Isle of Man register spokesperson who spoke to TorrentFreak, “The domain was in breach of the .im rules and has accordingly been revoked. I cannot correspond any further in relation to this domain name.” That being said, it seems that the group is now planning to move to a .cr domain which is owned by Costa Rica.
According to KAT admin Mr. Pink, “We have been seized by the Isle of Man domain registry. The new domain will be Kat.cr.” It is unclear as to when the site will go live, but it is expected to do so soon. We’re not sure how long their new domain will last, but for torrent users, we’re sure they will find an alternative means if this doesn’t pan out either.