KickassTorrents Taken Down By Domain Name Seizure

KickassTorrents has lost access to its domain name and is currently offline. The Somalian domain of the most-visited torrent site on the Internet is now listed as "banned" by the .SO registry, forcing the site's operators to find a new home.

kickasstorrents_500x500To evade law enforcement and ease pressure from the entertainment industries, KAT has moved domains on a few occasions over the past several years. Most recently the site has been operating from the domain.

The Somalian .so TLD appeared to be a relatively safe haven, but today it’s apparent that this isn’t the case. About an hour ago the domain status listing was updated to “banned.”


As a result of the domain seizure, users can no longer access the site. The domain name is not resolving and at the time of writing neither are older alternatives such as was seized by the .SO registry who also blacklisted the scam site, which is not affiliated with the KAT team. It is likely that the registry acted following a complaint from copyright holders although this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.

Previously The Pirate Bay lost several of its domain names, including and and, after similar complaints.

TF asked the .So registry for a comment on the situation but we have yet to receive a reply.

While KickassTorrents is down for the moment, it is expected that the site will move its operation to a new domain name later today, or revert back to

Update: The KAT team informed TF that they are reverting back to

Update: The site’s accessible to most people on the .to domain now.

Breaking story, we’ll update the article if more information comes in.

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