Apple, Facebook, Coinbase Offered Data to Finger Alleged Pirate King (The Register)


The United States case against alleged Kickass Torrents (KAT) boss Artem Vaulin is built on data obtained from Apple, Facebook and Coinbase.

The criminal complaint (PDF) against Vaulin details how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a lengthy online probe into the alleged pirate king’s activities. The complaint says that investigators were able to use “Records provided by Apple” to access an email account, [email protected], used by Vaulin. email addresses were issued by Apple as one service of its MobileMe platform. 31 emails stored in the account appear to have been chatter between Vaulin and other Kickass team members discussing bugs on the site and progress towards fixing them.