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Author Topic: MegaUpload (MU) Busted - UPDATE: Many cyberlockers calling quits.  (Read 27857 times)

Nerazim

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Filehosts status:

4shared.com - Deleting infringing material. Cancels its affiliate program on February 1.
FileJungle.com - Removed its affiliate page. Started deleting users with large amounts of infringing material. Blocked access to US users.
FilePost.com - Started deleting users with large amounts of infringing material.
FileServe.com - Disabled all sharing functionality.
FileSonic.com - Disabled all sharing functionality.
MegaUpload.com - Busted. - New page (no functionality yet): http://109.236.83.66/
UploadBox.com - Stops operating on January 30.
Uploaded.to - Blocked access to US users.
UploadStation.com - Removed its affiliate page. Started deleting users with large amounts of infringing material. Blocked access to US users.
VideoBB.com - Removed its affiliate page.
VideoZer.com - Removed its affiliate page.
x7.to - Disabled all sharing functionality.





19-1-2012
MegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia.
The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand at the request of US authorities. MegaVideo,
the streaming site belonging to same company, and a total of 18 domains connected to the Mega company were seized and datacenters
in three countries raided.


Just a few weeks ago, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak that his Mega ventures have nothing to worry about, as they
operate within the rules of the law.

“Mega has nothing to fear. Our business is legitimate and protected by the DMCA and similar laws around the world. We work with the
best lawyers and play by the rules. We take our legal obligations seriously. Mega’s war chest is full and we have strong supporters backing
us,” Dotcom said.

But behind the scenes powerful forces were at work, plotting the forceful demise of MegaUpload, one of the world’s biggest websites.

An indictment unsealed today by the Department of Justice claims MegaUpload has caused the entertainment industries more than $500 million
in lost revenue and generated $175 million “in criminal proceeds.”

Two corporations – Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited – were indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on January 5th,
2012, and charged with “engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money
laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.”

Today, the authorities executed in excess of 20 search warrants in the United States and eight other countries. They also seized approximately
$50 million in assets, including what appears to be Kim Dotcom’s treasured car collection as detailed below.

A total of 18 Mega-related domains were seized by authorities including Megastuff.co, Megaworld.com, Megaclicks.co, Megastuff.info, Megaclicks.org,
Megaworld.mobi, Megastuff.org, Megaclick.us, Mageclick.com, HDmegaporn.com, Megavkdeo.com, Megaupload.com, Megaupload.org, Megarotic.com,
Megaclick.com, Megavideo.com, Megavideoclips.com and Megaporn.com.

Data centers in the Netherlands, Canada and Washington were raided. In an apparent reference to the latter, a source has just informed TorrentFreak
that the FBI are currently detaining everyone at the ISP Cogent Communications’ headquarters in Washington DC, in connection with a Mega-related
search warrant.

In addition to MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, another six alleged members of the Mega “conspiracy” were charged in the indictment:

• Finn Batato, 38, a citizen and resident of Germany, who is the chief marketing officer;
• Julius Bencko, 35, a citizen and resident of Slovakia, who is the graphic designer;
• Sven Echternach, 39, a citizen and resident of Germany, who is the head of business development;
• Mathias Ortmann, 40, a citizen of Germany and resident of both Germany and Hong Kong, who is the chief technical officer, co-founder and director;
• Andrus Nomm, 32, a citizen of Estonia and resident of both Turkey and Estonia, who is a software programmer and head of the development software division;
• Bram van der Kolk, aka Bramos, 29, a Dutch citizen and resident of both the Netherlands and New Zealand, who oversees programming and the underlying network structure for the Mega websites.

Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk were arrested today in Auckland, New Zealand, by authorities there. Bencko, Echternach and
Nomm are still at large.

According to the Department of Justice, the individuals named above face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy
to commit racketeering, five years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, 20 years in prison on the charge of
conspiracy to commit money laundering and five years in prison on each of the substantive charges of criminal copyright infringement.

- http://torrentfreak.com/megaupload-shut-down-120119/



UPDATE: (23-1-2012)

Filesonic, one of the Internet’s leading cyberlocker services, has taken some drastic measures following the Megaupload
shutdown and arrests last week. In addition to discontinuing its affiliates rewards program and not yet paying accrued money to members,
the site has disabled all sharing functionality, leaving users only with access to their own files.


- http://torrentfreak.com/filesonic-kills-file-sharing-after-megaupload-arrests-120122/
« Last Edit: January 23, 2012, 11:47:11 AM by Nerazim »

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012, 05:05:31 PM »
God fucking damn it!
According to Russia Today American authorities went to New Zealand and arrested a bunch of people: http://rt.com/usa/news/megaupload-shut-million-authorities-231/
Anonymous also just shut down the websites of the Department of Justice and Universal Music Group: http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-doj-universal-sopa-235/
« Last Edit: January 19, 2012, 07:57:05 PM by XX-STR8 »

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012, 05:06:20 PM »
I saw this on IGN and I wanted to see how it was affecting you guys. It definitely doesn't bode well. =/

(Well, look what douchebag decided to show his face again... >_> Hey guys, how's everyone?)

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 05:09:32 PM »
I saw this on IGN and I wanted to see how it was affecting you guys. It definitely doesn't bode well. =/

(Well, look what douchebag decided to show his face again... >_> Hey guys.)

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This is bullcrap. I have uploaded close to 100 games on this site. The are now wiped off megaupload to never be seen again. I'm not sad, I'm livid. This is not what the Government is suppose to do. They should oh yeah BEING THE GOVERNMENT. I hope that this is only temporary as I really am not going to put up with this! Lets go litter the lawns of Government buildings with old Computers!

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 05:21:58 PM »
To be honest, I can't really blame them. Censoring websites is one thing, but a website that is one of the most widely used pirating medium after torrents does deserve to be taken down. Megaupload paid users for having people download their illegal files. They didn't have to prove anything about the files to get paid.

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012, 05:42:10 PM »
That is a bullshit men! What we gonna do now with that files uploaded to MU? FBI suck my dick!!


 

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012, 05:46:48 PM »
That is a bullshit men! What we gonna do now with that files uploaded to MU? FBI suck my dick!!
I suggest we wait until March to see what happens to both PIPA and SOPA (in case SOPA is delayed) before we do any major uploading again. Something tells me more file hosts are gonna be attacked within that time period.

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2012, 06:08:21 PM »
It's a sad time for a place like this...

We operate outside the law and we always have. There really isn't a whole lot of options in the matter.
It's a justified existence though. We exist as a sort of library of games. Games that aren't readily available by conventional channels. And today a large portion of that library is on fire....

For now we rebuild.

We will soldier on.

Always.

If not here then elsewhere.
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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 06:27:59 PM »
this sucks cause i used ice films  and u[ploaded my games withthem       also i herd news rapidshare is being targeted next   

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 07:33:44 PM »
Hopefully not but yea.. I'm afraid it will end the same. Although MU is busted on more things than just copyright infringement.
Best we can do for now is wait, and see how things will turn out. I surely hope this won't be the last we hear from MegaUpload.





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What've you been up to, we should catch up some time in IRC

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2012, 08:09:14 PM »
Oh noes.


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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012, 11:45:41 PM »
that really sucks... when will the big corporation understand that their market model is not working anymore?

Just shout it out when there will be a need for reupps...I'll help any way I can !

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012, 03:32:13 AM »
That is quite unfortunate judging how in most cases this will effect the future as well; since the federal reserve and many others have endeavored enough anyway through the years, I believe that was one of their keys, was to attack the third party networks, than the social media, seeing how this is more planned out I can tell this is going to be an ongoing situation with this, they are trying to get rid of the huge sites, such as youtube etc. not because of this privacy, their getting rid of the huge things first on purpose, so they can track the smaller things such as individuals which will lead to the social media, but this will be an ongoing thing for the meanwhile; I can already see that in less than a few takes of this act giving hints and obvious notes.

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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 12:19:31 PM »
all i can say is: crap, now where an i gonna download rare files that's uploaded to Megaupload? :(
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Re: MegaUpload (MU) Busted
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 01:33:19 PM »

And you have to use a different host... If anyone is gonna upload anything for whatever reason I suggest you make it small. PIPA and SOPA have BOTH been delayed again so God knows how long we're gonna have to wait until we can safely start uploading, or how we'll be doing our uploading.

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