Chrome, Firefox and Safari Block KickassTorrents as “Phishing” Site

Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the popular torrent site KickassTorrents. According to the browsers, Kat.cr is a "deceptive site" or "web forgery," that may steal user information. The site's operators are looking into the issue, and hope to resolve it soon.

kickasstorrents_500x500There’s a slight panic breaking out among KickassTorrents users, who are having a hard time accessing the site.

Over the past few hours Chrome and Firefox and Safari have both started to block access to Theiratebay.se due to reported security issues.

Instead of a page filled with the latest torrents, visitors are presented with an ominous red warning banner.

“Deceptive site ahead: Attackers on Thepiratebay.se may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information,” the Chrome warning reads.

Chrome warns against using Kat.cr

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Firefox users encounter a similar banner, branding Kat.cr as a “web forgery” which may trick users into sharing personal information. This may lead to identity theft or other fraud.

“Web forgeries are designed to trick you into revealing personal or financial information by imitating sources you may trust. Entering any information on this web page may result in identity theft or other fraud,” the browser warns.

Firefox’s alert

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Google’s safebrowsing page for TPB mentions

The KAT team informs TorrentFreak that they are looking into the issue and hope to have the blocks removed soon.

This is not the first time the two browsers have flagged The Pirate Bay. Last year site was flagged on several occasions after it was linked to a malicious advertiser.

Impatient or adventurous users who want to bypass the warning can do so by disabling their browser’s security warnings altogether in the settings, at their own risk of course.

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