Megaupload shut down by the FBI
Post #12 Lanthanide Jan 19 2012, 9:24 pm
It's already been going on since 2010 anyway, without SOPA:
It's quite a long article, these are just some particularly pithy little bits. Basically the government took these sites offline for extremely flimsy reasons and after failing to produce any evidence used procedures that seem to be entirely unconstitutional and illegal to avoid having to give the site back for over a year, or even explain anything about what they were doing.
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Mr. Dotcom and his associates were arrested in New Zealand, which may or may not make things politically interesting. I mean, residents of NZ arrested by cops at the request of the US FBI for shutting down a company based in Hong Kong (which just happens to have some servers in Virginia) sounds a bit odd to me.
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DDoS is childish in comparison; it's like throwing a punch after witnessing your friend get blasted from a shotgun.
I wouldn't be surprised if more serious blackhats were inspired to start some digging from these events, though. Leaked documents would concern the government more than their sites being down for a little while.
I also wouldn't be surprised if this was a political move; did you notice the timing for this in respect to SOPA/PIPA? Something along the lines of "Look at all these terrible hackers! Nothing is safe unless we regulate the internet!" would work if there are serious backlashes. </conspiracy>
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