Feds Shut Down MegaUpload, Raid Datacenters, and Arrest Founder

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:08

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MegaUpload, one of the largest websites on the internet, was the recent target of a government shut down. The FBI has recently arrested the website's founder Kim Dotcom through New Zealand police, raided three datacenters where MegaUpload had its servers, and shut down the website. This just weeks after Dotcom said, "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." MegaUpload, as well as another company called Vestor Limited, were indicted by a grand jury. The companies were said to have been "engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement." The FBI even went so far as to detain every employee at the Washington DC ISP Cogent Communications. Many people just know about MegaUpload, but not about all of the websites that the company owns. 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 were the total of 18 websites taken down. You can read more about it here