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Friday, January 20, 2012

Megaupload is shut down by police for copyright theft and Founder Kim Dotcom Arrested

Anonymous launched a massive cyber attack against U.S. government and anti-piracy websites yesterday in response to the shut down of one of the world's biggest file-sharing services.

Megaupload.com was taken offline by U.S. authorities and its founder and several company executives were arrested on charges of violating privacy laws.

Revenge attacks targeted sites for anti-piracy organisations RIAA and MPAA (America's Recording Industry Association and Motion Picture Association), record label Universal Music, and the Department of Justice.

The sites were all disabled for some time yesterday.

Megaupload hosted large files and was often used to store mp3 music and digital video files, but claims most of its users used it as a legitimate file storage service.

The site had high-profile support from celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and P. Diddy, who made a video defending the site. Read More