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MegaUpload Shut Down, Anonymous Responds

Category: Internet
Posted: 04:48PM

The file sharing website MegaUpload has been shut down by United States authorities, and several executives in New Zealand have been taken into custody. Among them is Kim Dotcom, founder of MegaUpload. MegaUpload is accused of causing copyright holders to lose more than $500 million in revenue. The site had over 150 million registered users at the time it was taken down, and featured support from numerous celebrities in the entertainment industry. The site is used to host and transfer files that are too large to send through e-mail, which is a perfectly legitimate business. However, groups such as the MPAA and RIAA feel that the site helped to facilitate large copyright breaches, a claim that MegaUpload feels was "grotesquely overblown." The site was free to use, with subscriptions available to access faster download speeds.

All of this comes the day after the Internet blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. These actions weren't well received by Anonymous, and the group wasted no time before starting to take down several websites. Starting with the Justice Department and moving on to the RIAA and MPAA, the websites were taken offline. The hashtag #OpPayBack can be used on Twitter to follow the action. As of the writing of this post, both the RIAA and MPAA websites were still down.

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Chris on January 19, 2012 06:37PM
Good Job Anoymous...kick there fking asses.
slick2500 on January 19, 2012 07:05PM
Yeah Megaupload cost those copyright owners $500 miilion as much as spoons made Rosie O'donnel fat.
bilcliff on January 19, 2012 11:57PM
they also hit the fbi's website too http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/19/10193724-anonymous-says-it-takes-down-fbi-doj-entertainment-sites
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tandarama on January 20, 2012 12:30AM
Good Job guys! Operation Megaupload in pictures: http://goo.gl/2CL44
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Austin Hoffman on January 20, 2012 02:06AM
I can't believe they went and arrested him in ANOTHER country!!! p.s. LOL @list of the owner's seized cars: (i call dibz on the royce!) http://www.peeje.com/positivity/5666-megaupload-sued-defendants-property-lol
gregzeng on January 23, 2012 12:15AM
I can't believe criminals post on this forum! The FBI's actions have nearly destroyed freeware availability & development on this planet. As President of the USA proudly said, the USA spend more $$ on killing, than the next ten biggest nations COMBINED! Android phone users like myself now have an almost impossible time, updating & debugging. Is the another USA Microsoft plot against the free world? Retired Chief Information Officer (1984) Australian Capital Territory

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