If you don’t know what is a torrent and how is it work? Let me explain it to you first. Then I’ll tell you about who and why block the world biggest kickass torrent site.
What is a Torrent?
A torrent file is a file, which contains all the details of the file which we need e.g on which machines(nodes) on the network subpart of the file which we need is kept. Let’s make an example:
You chose the file with best comments and downloads. And press download button to get the torrent file. After torrent file downloading. You double-click on the file (assumed you have already torrent software, if not you can download torrent here) and it automatically loads on the torrent software.
You press start to start downloading. And the game begins. When you are getting good speed e.g 500/kbs or 2Mb-5MB or more, you become happy and sometimes you post a screenshot of torrent speed on Fb. Just kidding.
Now the question is how the torrent file is downloading?
First, we should know what is the torrent file and what is in it?
What is a Torrent file?
Keeping the example continue, when you download the torrent file for the movie, A file downloaded.
This file contains metadata about file and peers Ids and IP address. This file has a table in which peers(machines on the network which contain subparts of the movie) information is maintained.
Above in the image, computers are peers, and that file contains their IPs with file parts.
Computer 1 id IP File Starting Index Column File Ending Index Column
Computer 1 id 127.0.0.10 0 528
Computer 2 id IP File Starting Index Column File Ending Index Column
Computer 2 id 127.0.1.11 528 1000
IP tells the location/address of the computer on the network. File starting index column tells about the file content start and ending index column tells ending content. Again I assume, A file content starts from 0 to 1000 and it has only two peers. A file can be distributed in many peers.
This way of distributing the file and downloading follow a protocol/rule which is known as peer to peer connection. In this protocol don’t need the main server, files are distributed on all the networks in parts/slices.
To learn more about P2P protocol P2P Protocol.
As you see in the picture all the computers are connected to the internet or any sort of connection to share the file with each other and even If one computer is not responding the file keep downloading on, torrent is very smart software. It downloads the movie(example) file in slices/parts and then intelligently rearrange the slices/parts and our file(movie) download completely.
Who manages the Torrent File parts Information?
Trackers are the responsible for keeping all the information. These trackers can be server/machine who is maintaining the file parts/slices addresses, sizes, their starting content, and ending. Ther are responsible who tell which file part is kept on the server.
Note part/slice can contain either all content or some content. So it manages and keeps updating the information on the table. One of the biggest torrent sites is Kickass.
Why were Kickass Torrent brought down by the US Government?
Kickass torrent is a torrent website that is based on its massive user-contributed(peers) torrents, as all the data of torrents is provided by the users Kickass torrent acts as a Search Engine to find the torrents(parts/slices).
It became the biggest Torrent directory on the web in November 2014 according to website ranking by Alexa-Internet Inc.
Alexa is a California-based company that provides commercial web traffic data and analytics. But with success comes big responsibility, as people uploaded torrents of different copyrighted material kickass torrents had to face a lot of Lawsuits including data privacy and copyrights.
Because of too many lawsuits, the US government seized the website domain on 20 July 2016 and the website proxy servers were shut down by its staff.
But Don’t Need To Worry Because Kickass Torrent is Back!
Kickass torrrent’s staff members uploaded the website again after all legal issues on another domain using the same servers which were used before and all the torrents data and user records were backed up and restored again.
US government had access to a few servers so they couldn’t shut down all of them.
How to download a torrent file?
Watch Video how to download torrent From Kickass Torrents.