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Kickass Torrent’s Somalian Domain Name Seized, Site Reverts Back to .to Domain for Now

Postby sunnyd » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:05 pm

When the world’s favorite torrent site, The Pirate Bay, was raided back in December, Kickass Torrents gained a huge increase in popularity as users tried to fill the void not knowing when or if TPB would return. Very early this morning, we began getting reports from users that Kickass Torrents had suddenly gone offline, leaving its users wondering what happened and if they too, had been raided. Upon further research, and a whois check on the domain, we found out that the site’s Somalian domain name of .so was banned, and had been seized.

We ran across a report from Wired, which stated that the domain name takedown was the result of a complaint. Several other sites also with a .so domain had been taken down also, including the KAT scam site.

It’s been everyone’s best guess so far that as a result of higher traffic on the site, the authorities may have taken more notice. It’s also no secret that copyright holders would like to see the site taken offline completely, just like with TPB.

For now the site has reverted back to its .to domain and is fully functional. Whether or not they stay at the .to domain remains to be seen. Changing domains is nothing new for KAT, they have done so several times over the past few years.

Torrent sites trying to find what’s considered to be a "safe haven," may start having to turn to even more strategic planning than what they were doing in the past.




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Re: Kickass Torrent’s Somalian Domain Name Seized, Site Reve

Postby currysteph » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:20 am

anyone else been able to log into kickass.to...it keeps throwing me back to kickass.so
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Re: Kickass Torrent’s Somalian Domain Name Seized, Site Reve

Postby rshaffer61 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:42 am

Sometimes the .to works but most of the time it reverts to the .so site and usually with some strange search results. As of this post I am on the site for now.
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Re: Kickass Torrent’s Somalian Domain Name Seized, Site Reve

Postby IneptVagrant » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:37 am

301 redirects are cached. Clear your cache to be sure its not your browser, but it could be your isp.
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