FBI shuts down Megaupload

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    Jan 19, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    After all the talks of Sopa and PIPA the government strikes. Megaupload.com is the first victim...
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/technology/indictment-charges-megaupload-site-with-piracy.html
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    Jan 19, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
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    Portions of the Justice Department Web site became inoperable Thursday just hours after federal officials seized and shut down the file-sharing Web site Megaupload.com and arrested several of its executives on charges of violating piracy laws.

    Anonymous, a group of Internet hackers, claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter.
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    Mediafire better not fucking go before I download the new Marina and the Diamonds album.
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    WIN
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf I were you I would not download anything as the law might go after you for downloading pirated material.
    I live in Canada and I'm definitely not somebody they would come after because by that logic they'd go after practically every single person I know.
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    Jan 20, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf I were you I would not download anything as the law might go after you for downloading pirated material.


    I'm in Mexico, UNLIMITED PIRACY FOR ME WITH NO CONSEQUENCES!!!
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    Jan 20, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    AWWW Megaupload was great! So reliable for sampling new shows without having to download the whole thing. If I see after 3 minutes that it sucks, less bandwidth wasted.

    The other sites are such a pain and they always have problems with buffering and aspect ratio.

    Pretty ballsy to attack the FBI. I hope they truly are anonymous!
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    Jan 20, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    I swear . . . the government is so fucking worried about MegaUpload and the internet. Great job guys. That was definitely near the top of the priority list of things that needed to be taken care of in the United States. SOPA/PIPA is definitely more important than creating new jobs or fixing the economy. Thank goodness.

    And now you have anonymous pissed off. The whole internet is going to explode, lol. I just don't see what is exactly wrong with the internet that it needs all this attention!?!
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    It feels to me like the entertainment industry is losing the fight so they are calling on Teacher to end recess. They could be more intelligent and protect their own interests, but instead they're fighting/paying the gov't to do it for them.
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    I just wish Anonymous would/could do something more drastic than run-of-the-mill DDoS attacks. Those just stop legitimate requests from accessing the website for a short period of time due to the packet spam. Doesn't really accomplish anything other than be annoying.

    We need some infrastructure vandalism or information sabotage; teach the government to stay the fuck out my internetz. icon_mad.gif

    Oh, and it's clear the FBI only did this because they are all butthurt about the SOPA awareness blackout. Boohoo, cry me a river.
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    This was posted on another site.

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    Sony is supporting the fact that the USA government wants to pass a bill soon called 'Stop Online Piract Act' (aka) SOPA, and because of that fact, a the 'Anonymous' hacker group has released the following statement and video:

    Hello, SONY.
    We are Anonymous.

    It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your Support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned.

    To those doubting our powers. We've infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day.

    For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift.

    Operation Blackout, engaged.
    Operation Mayhem, engaged.
    Operation LulzXmas, engaged.

    We are Anonymous.
    We are Legion.
    We do not forgive.
    We do not forget.
    Supporters of SOPA, you should've expected us.

    We here at XXXXXX in no way shape or form, support this action, we are just reporting the news like many other media sites have already.

    'Anonymous' has previously attacked Sony during the 'GeoHot' lawsuits and their previous attempts at DDOS'ing the PSN network, did not do nothing but cause many major problems for ten of millions of PS3 owners, infact Sony blames the early April DDOS attacks as the main reason why the 'other' (still unknown) Criminal hackers that were able to get into the secured network and steal millions and millions of Credit Card info and other personal details on of Sony customers that had an PSN account.
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    It's still bad for business when customers are playing a game and it crashes. They won't think "I wonder if someone has done something to Sony and ruined my night." They will think "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU SONY I HATE YOU I"M GETTING XBOX NEXT GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHGH!!!!!1"
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    No worries. SOPA will be re-written. Just add a few bits about fighting child pornography. It will pass. After all, if you oppose SOPA, then you obviously support child pornography, right?

    Sadly, this is how our government works and it's how stupid laws get passed.
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Anduru saidWIN

    Nice article but FBI.gov and Justice.org area already back online. Universalmusic.com... still down
  • rac727

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    Jan 20, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    damn! noooooo! i lived on megaupload that was a dagger in my heart! :'(
    i hope they don't lose the case and everything goes back to the way it was and i hope i get all my files back! :S
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    Jan 20, 2012 6:24 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/01/19/calgary-wikipedia-internet-dark-senator-sopa-pipa-blackout.html


    ^^ftw

    But i won't be surprised if a reformed version of this bill comes back around just a little quieter next time.
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    Jan 20, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    Nice. Power to the people!
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    b1o2y3456 saidI swear . . . the government is so fucking worried about MegaUpload and the internet. Great job guys. That was definitely near the top of the priority list of things that needed to be taken care of in the United States. SOPA/PIPA is definitely more important than creating new jobs or fixing the economy. Thank goodness.

    And now you have anonymous pissed off. The whole internet is going to explode, lol. I just don't see what is exactly wrong with the internet that it needs all this attention!?!


    Do you have any idea how many jobs have been lost because of piracy?

    And I chuckle at all the guys claiming they have to hurry and download (pirate) all they can before it's too late.

    Fools.
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    Don't forget to factor in the number created by piracy.

    When a billionaire hires 10 people to run a company and suddenly the business doesn't do so well, firing one of the employees ISN'T the only option the billionaire has. He can also *gasp* take a slight cut from his income on top of the billions he already has to keep the business running. Regardless of the circumstances, it's his choice to fire that person and the blame falls squarely on him.
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
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    AMoonHawk saidIf I were you I would not download anything as the law might go after you for downloading pirated material.


    I'm in Mexico, UNLIMITED PIRACY FOR ME WITH NO CONSEQUENCES!!!


    Still waiting on delivery of the well worn tube socks........icon_smile.gificon_confused.gif
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    Don't forget all the non-pirated files traded through Megaupload (et al.).

    Don't forget the fact that, rather than going after the people who are actually pirating, the DoJ is going after the medium. This is roughly akin to saying "illegal goods flow through the Panama Canal; therefore we're closing it".
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidDon't forget to factor in the number created by piracy.

    When a billionaire hires 10 people to run a company and suddenly the business doesn't do so well, firing one of the employees ISN'T the only option the billionaire has. He can also *gasp* take a slight cut from his income on top of the billions he already has to keep the business running. Regardless of the circumstances, it's his choice to fire that person and the blame falls squarely on him.


    Piracy creates jobs? And those jobs created offset the losses? By how much?

    I'm particularly close to what's happening in the video game industry, and I know for a fact that the 100K+ hardworking Americans who lost their jobs in that industry in 2009 would disagree with you. Perhaps the VG industry is a poor example. Maybe the recording industry, movie industry and publishing industry are faring better on the jobs front? And let's not forget about the retailers/e-tailers. Everyone appears to be suffering from this theft, not prospering.

    Educate me, please. I want to believe that guys like you are in the know, and that your theft is justified.
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    HOW will I watch Jersey Shore at the same time America does?! icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:09 PM GMT

    jim_stl saidDon't forget all the non-pirated files traded through Megaupload (et al.).

    Don't forget the fact that, rather than going after the people who are actually pirating, the DoJ is going after the medium. This is roughly akin to saying "illegal goods flow through the Panama Canal; therefore we're closing it".


    No, this isn't akin to your Panama Canal example at all.

    The Panama Canal has the authority to stop any vessel from passing through. If a tanker full of cocaine were to attempt to go through the Canal, and the authorities were aware of that cargo, they would seize the vessel.

    In other words, if Megaupload only allowed non-pirated content, and if Megaupload didn't market itself as the "no registration upload and file sharing site" then it wouldn't be shut down.

    Megaupload's premium service was what really got the site into trouble. They were making money from illegal file sharing.

    I suppose that's okay?
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    credo saidEducate me, please. I want to believe that guys like you are in the know, and that your theft is justified.


    Wow. Thanks for instantly assuming we're all pirating stuff left and right, just because we oppose draconian anti-piracy measures.

    Like I said: The FBI and DoJ could have gone after the actual pirates, but instead they went after a mechanism that allows large files to be traded. That stops some piracy, yes, but it also stops a lot of legitimate non-pirated files from being traded, and it also shifts piracy to BitTorrent or other services. How, exactly, does that help the problem?

    If pointing that out means I'm a pirate, then please excuse me while I find my eyepatch and start saying "Arrr".