Justice and FBI Crack Down on Megaupload.com - ABC News
The Justice Department has indicted seven individuals and two companies behind the popular file sharing website Megaupload.com, which has been touted by stars will.i.am, Kim Kardashian and Diddy.
The indictment alleges that the website and a shell company associated with the website, Vestor Limited, caused an estimated half-billion dollars in copyright losses and made an estimated $175 million in proceeds. The website was established in 2005 and at one point ranked as the 13th most visited website on the Internet.
The feds indicted the site's founder, Kim Dotcom, a.k.a. Kim Schmitz, a 37-year-old resident of Hong Kong and New Zealand. He was arrested in New Zealand by New Zealand authorities.
Also indicted were employees Bram van der Kolk, a.k.a. Bramos, 29, Julius Bencko, Finn Batato, Sven Echternach, Mathias Ortmann, and Andrus Nomm. New Zealand authorities arrested Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk. Bencko, Echternach and Nomm remain at large, officials said.
The indictment accuses the suspects of being members of "the Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale."
Now I got to re-upload about 50 files that I don't even have on another file sharing site!