Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:00 UTC
Legal And bam, MegaUpload.com is no more. The FBI has arrested four people behind the popular file-sharing website, and is looking for three more, in a worlwide investigation into the website. Apparently, the site is super-dangerous - the indictment behind the arrests minces no words. As a countermeasure, people claiming to be from Anonymous took down the websites of ViaCom and the Department of Justice. Update: Ars has analysed the indictment. It's pretty damning, but does have a few weird odds and ends. Update II: And more and more sites are falling by Anonymous' hands. Largest operation in their history.
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Comment by ddc_
by ddc_ on Fri 20th Jan 2012 00:24 UTC
ddc_
Member since:
2006-12-05

That's ridiculous. Though the linked document reveals some issues with MegaUpload's, claiming the copyright infringement and money laundering is insane.

Does anybody know, whether MU participated in anti-SOPA blackout?

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RE: Comment by ddc_
by Morgan on Fri 20th Jan 2012 05:44 in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

They aren't on the list at http://sopastrike.com but I don't think it's all-inclusive.

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RE: Comment by ddc_
by Soulbender on Fri 20th Jan 2012 06:01 in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

money laundering is insane.


How would that actually work for a file sharing site? I mean, really, how?

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RE[2]: Comment by ddc_
by Carewolf on Fri 20th Jan 2012 17:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddc_"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

I thought about this as well, but I think I can see it happening in at least one way:

Some advert could by adverts for illegal products, or adverts from criminals simply advertising a non-existing product that no one would by anyway. By buying adverts they are transferring money from an criminal company to a legal company. If somehow the criminal advertiser and megaupload knew each other or had other legitimate business deals lopsided against megaupload, the money would eventually return to the criminals laundered.

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