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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.


There’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 have both started to block access to Kat.cr 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 kat.cr 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


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


Interestingly, Google’s safebrowsing page for Kat.cr currently lists no issues with the site.

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 KickassTorrents. Last year site was flagged on several occasions after it was linked to a malicious advertiser.

At the time the KAT team said they addressed the issue in a matter of hours, but it nonetheless took more than two days before the site was unblocked on both Firefox and Chrome.


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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_kickasstorrentson._com_ is not restricted in any way and is also not blacklisted.
Limited is truly the fake redirection site kat._cr_.


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I hate it so much when companies play a moral police. If it's not phishing, get it off the fucking list. It's the same shit with keygens and No-CD patches and antiviruses. If it's not detected as PUP, get it fixed if it's not really a malware. But instead, they insist on ignoring false positive reports. You're not here to moralize about it. If it's malware, detect it. If it's not, fix the shit. Same with this phishing nonsense. If it's really a phishing site, leave it. If it's not, fix it.


Reason behind is, if you do this sort of shit, people will lose confidence in the blocking and they'll start ignoring it more and more to a point where they'll also start ignoring actual phishing sites. It's always a bad policy to do this kind of shit, but what the fuck do I know as an individual (who happens to be involved in security and online behavior of people for around 15 years) right?

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Well, they are also blocking the proxy from some time now. Inspite of the security problems, all we can recommend the downloaders from proxy is to disable it from your browser when you are trying to download files from it.

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