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U.S. shuts Megaupload.com, hackers retaliate

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  1. Edward Teller

    Edward Teller JF-Expert Member

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    (Reuters) - The U.S. government shut down the Megaupload.com content sharing website, charging its founders and several employees with massive copyright infringement, the latest skirmish in a high-profile battle against piracy of movies and music.

    The Department of Justice announced the indictment and arrests of four company executives in New Zealand on Friday as debate over online piracy reaches fever pitch in Washington where lawmakers are trying to craft tougher legislation.

    The movie and music industries want Congress to crack down on Internet piracy and content theft, but major Internet companies like Google and Facebook have complained that current drafts of the legislation would lead to censorship.

    A Justice Department official said the timing of the arrests was not related to the battle in Congress.

    New Zealand police on Friday raided a mansion in Auckland and arrested Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, 37, a German national with New Zealand residency.
    About 70 police, some armed, raided 10 properties and also arrested the website's chief marketing officer, Finn Batato, 38, chief technical officer and co-founder Mathias Ortmann, 40, both also from Germany, and Dutch national Bram van der Kolk, 29, who is also a New Zealand resident.

    New Zealand police seized millions of dollars worth of assets, which included luxury cars such as a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, from the group, dubbed the "Mega Conspiracy" by prosecutors. They also seized more than NZ$10 million ($8 million) from financial institutions.

    "The FBI contacted New Zealand Police in early 2011 with a request to assist with their investigation into the Mega Conspiracy," said Detective Inspector Grant Wormald from the Organised & Financial Crime Agency New Zealand.
    "All the accused have been indicted in the United States. We will continue to work with the U.S. authorities to assist with the extradition proceedings," Wormald said in a statement.

    The men appeared briefly in an Auckland court on Friday and were remanded in custody until Monday for a bail hearing.
    "We have nothing to hide," Kim Dotcom said from the dock after his lawyer opposed media cameras in the court, reported New Zealand media.

    Vocal critics of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Protect IP Act (PIPA), quickly showed their opposition to the shutdown of Megaupload.com, with hackers attacking the public websites of the Justice Department, the world's largest music company Universal Music, and the two big trade groups that represent the music and film industries.
    "The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites," a member of Anonymous said via Twitter.

    Representatives with the Justice Department and Recording Industry Association of America declined comment on the attacks. Officials with Universal Music could not immediately be reached.
    Motion Picture Association of America spokesman Howard Gantman said his group was working with law enforcement to identify the attackers.
    The Mega Conspiracy group was accused of engaging in a scheme that took more than $500 million (322 million pounds) away from copyright holders and generated over $175 million in proceeds from subscriptions and advertising, according to the indictment unsealed on Thursday.

    "In exchange for payment, the Mega Conspiracy provides fast reproduction and distribution of infringing copies of copyrighted works from its servers located around the world," the indictment said.
    U.S. Justice Department officials said that the estimate of $500 million in economic harm to copyright holders was on the low end and likely significantly more.
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  2. Endeleaaa

    Endeleaaa JF-Expert Member

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    Mbona wanajisumbua, hivi vitu vina technic nyingi sana, walifunga p2p servers lakini bado watu wanakuja na mbinu mpya.

    Solution ni hao wenye cooyright zao watafute namna ya kuzi protect watu wengine wasiweze kuzi piracy. lakini kwa sheria wataumia sana na watu wataiba kama kawaida
  3. Maxence Melo

    Maxence Melo JF Founder Staff Member

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    Vita kubwa hii. Hackers wataanza mashambulizi sasa
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    arinaswi Senior Member

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    mi naona wangeshirikiana tu sasa yaani record producers na hawa akina megaupload na watafute namna ya kugawana mapato cz haya mambo hayana mwisho wala suluhu. hackers will always be a step ahead
  5. Obe

    Obe JF-Expert Member

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    Sifanyi vita na yeyote. Ma founder wengi wa mitandao ni ma hackers :hat:
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    KXY JF-Expert Member

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    Anonymous wapo kazini..
  7. jogi

    jogi JF-Expert Member

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    naipenda hii vita ili hatimaye copywrite protection ifanywe na third party, i.e software co. hope US will lean a lesson.
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    matwi JF-Expert Member

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    hawa Jamaa bwana sasa wamewashindwa akina alkaida wamehamia kwenye cyber sasa huku ndio watapata maumivu makali zaidi kuliko ya hao wanajitoa mhanga.sie tutakua watazamaji tu.
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    Bigirita JF-Expert Member

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    USG bana, ngoja wanyooshwe na hackers sasa!!
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    junior05 Senior Member

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    Megaupload is nothing wangeunga torrentz au bitorrent au isohunt ningeona wa maana
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    kweli kabisa..
  12. Edward Teller

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    'Anonymous' hackers briefly hijack French Elysee website

    The shadowy online hackers group Anonymous briefly hijacked the French presidential website on Friday in apparent retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload.
    The slogan "We Are Legion," the group's online rallying cry, was inserted into the navigation bar of the official Elysee site's (Site officiel - Présidence de la République).

    Before the end of the day, the site had been restored to normal.
    The group's action appeared to be linked to France's stance on the US clampdown on file-sharing.
    French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand on Friday denounced those behind the file-sharing site Megaupload.com as delinquents, backing the US decision to shut it down.

    "It is delinquency, it is theft," the minister said in an interview with BFM TV, denouncing what he called the site's massive violations of copyright law.
    "The truth is that they are stealing on a large scale," he added.
    The US Justice Department and FBI indicted seven people for "massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites".

    Washington wants the extradition of four of the company's senior figures from New Zealand to face prosecution for online piracy, racketeering and money laundering that could carry jail time of up to 20 years.

    The Anonymous group had earlier shut down the FBI and Justice Department websites for several hours.