The KickAss Torrents website, one of internet’s favorite download source has become the target of a security breach during last week. The purpose of this KickAss Torrents breach was, apparently, to scare users away from the website, making them think they had contracted a dangerous computer virus. As soon as users arrived on the landing page, they received a BSOD error pop-up, which also prompted the users to ‘seek help’ from a fictive operator support office. If this didn’t make many of them quickly close their browser or reset them computer or, in any scenario, navigate away as fast as possible, then it made them download a malicious desktop client program, while seeking the fake help from the ‘support office’.
Fans and visitors of the site have been wondering: is KickAss Torrents down? The answer is: definitely not. The security breach didn’t actually affect the site per se, which has already resumed normal functioning, apparently, in no time. While we’re still waiting to gather more data about the KickAss Torrents breach and don’t yet know for sure who was responsible for it or on account of whom were the hackers acting, we’ve put together a short report of the incident, as well as a brief guide for users who will be confronted with the same BSOD error display in the future.
What is the BSOD error code and how did it affect KickAss Torrents?
The BSOD error is short for the Blue Screen of Death error in internet user slang, and it’s associated with the blue screen notifications computer users get whenever their device is experiencing a severe system failure. Since there are quite a few known viruses which can cause the utter irreversible damage of your operating system and even your hardware, it is understandable why getting a BSOD error would be enough to scare any user off their favorite site.
Speaking of the Kickass Torrent site as being a fans’ favorite, you’ll see that this is no exaggeration: since its launch in 2009, the website has acquired a solid user base, with a constant number of monthly visitors of almost 332.5 million. There isn’t for now an accurate estimate of how many KickAss Torrents users fell for the trap of downloading that malicious desktop client, but the threat has been eliminated for now, as the website resumed its normal functioning.
How can you protect yourself in future similar situations
First of all, you need to understand that most likely this isn’t a real threat to your computer or system, but instead it’s just a scare tactic (empty threat). While we can’t guarantee for any future times when you may be confronted with a display of BDOS error codes, in the case of the KickAss Torrents breach is was definitely nothing more than a scare tactic (as well as an attempt to fraud the users into a harmful download).
If you experience this error when visiting the KickAss Torrent site, first of all don’t panic and don’t immediately close your browser or turn off your computer, since neither of those are necessary. Navigate away from the page until you receive confirmation that the breach has been contained (and in order to see updates on the situation and confirm your suspicions that the site has been hacked, feel free to browse news on the topic, mentioning the name of the website you were browsing and selecting only recent entries from your search engine). But besides all this, the most important advice we have is obviously this: whatever you do, do not follow the instructions presented to you in the pop-up, do not call that phone line and, most of all, do not download any suspicious software.