As of yesterday, users of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have been seeing a malware warning when they visit popular torrent site KickassTorrents (KAT). Navigating to either http://kat.cr and https://kat.cr displays a message which cautions you not to go any further stating; “Deceptive site ahead” in Chrome browsers and “Reported Web Forgery!” in Firefox. Although this warnings are different based on the type of browser the user is using, the message sent is still the same, which warns you about the site. This had happened before, in October 2015 Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox had blocked access to KAT because of security concerns with some of the ads pointing to malware.
Chromes users are informed that “Attackers on kat.cr may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).” While Firefox users are told “This web page at kat.cr has been reported as a web forgery and has been blocked based on your security preferences.”
The KAT team has informed TorrentFreak that the cause of the problem has been identified: “In order to improve users security we are wrapping every external link in confirmation window and this time Google alert is referring to a wrapped link that has been posted in our community. We’ve blocked that site thus rendering those external links unusable. We’ve reported it to Google and expecting this security alert soon to be lifted.” Although even while KAT has addressed the problem it may take a long time for the site to be returned to Google’s Safe Browsing service.
Sometimes issues like this occurs when an ad network starts serving malicious ads. Those using the Chrome browser can still bypass this warning by clicking Details and then “visit this unsafe site”, this will direct you to the KAT website, while Firefox users can click “Ignore this warning.” This should be done at your risk, or well, since KAT has assured it’s users that the problem have been fixed, you can go ahead surfing the site if you feel comfortable with KAT’s assurance.
Here’s Google’s diagnostics report of kat.cr website.
KickassTorrents (KAT) is a website founded in 2008 that provides torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. As of November 2014, KAT became the most visited torrent directory in the world according to the site’s Alexa ranking.