Dotcom, 37 — nicknamed Dr Evil — has Finnish and German citizenship. He and six of his employees face charges by U. Scroll down for video The high life: Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz and nicknamed 'Dr Evil', was arrested along with three other executives of Megauploads on Friday Luxury: The property in Coatesville, near Auckland, New Zealand, which was raided today as part of the operation against the founder and executives of file-sharing site Megaupload.
Dotcom splashes out in the Virgin Islands with a mystery woman. Dotcom was also in a film posted online enjoying a 'crazy weekend' on a superyacht in Monaco said to have cost millions MegaUpload, which the U. A neighbour of Dotcom's told the New Zealand Herald she heard a helicopter circling the property at about 6. Two short-barreled shotguns and a number of valuable artworks were also confiscated, he added. Dotcom also had a garish pink Cadillac in his collection of luxury cars, which was also seized by police Confiscated: Others cars including a collection of Mercedes vehicles were removed from the Schmitz's home Although music stars such as Kanye West and Alicia Keys have supported MegaUpload, film and record companies say the seven-year-old file-sharing site is making a fortune off their work without paying them a penny.
Hollywood film companies have been the main victims of piracy. The seven accused MegaUpload executives — including two other Germans and a Dutchman also seized in New Zealand — are each charged with five counts of racketeering, copyright infringement and conspiracy, and could be jailed for up to 20 years.
The page indictment reveals a British link to the operation. It also allegedly owns the British-based partypoker. He is understood to have taken on top Washington lawyer Bob Bennett, who represented Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, to defend him. Police found two sawn-off shotguns, one with Dotcom in his safe room.
Links forwarded via Twitter actually make people's computers part of the collective's attacks on U. People who click the links unwittingly become part of Anonymous's attacks - and hit any website that the group chooses.
The 'Distributed Denial of Service' attacks rely on thousands of PCs sending information to sites at once to crash them. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at computer security company Sophos, said: There were reports that an Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account had boasted of the success of the attacks, but the profile had been removed by the time MailOnline checked today.
A statement posted on document sharing site Pastebin. They should have expected us. 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. Megaupload was unique not only because of its massive size and the volume of downloaded content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy.
We have some good ideas. Please get in touch. Swizz Beatz, pictured left with Alicia Keys, his wife, was listed as CEO of the company, and Kanye West, centre, and Kim Kardashian, right, were known fans of the site Megaupload is considered a 'cyberlocker', in which users can upload and transfer files that are too large to send by email.
Such sites can have perfectly legitimate uses. But the MPAA, which has campaigned for a crackdown on piracy, alleged that the vast majority of content being shared on Megaupload was in violation of copyright laws. The website allowed users to download films, TV shows, games, music and other content for free, but made money by charging subscriptions to people who wanted access to faster download speeds or extra content. The website also sold advertising.
Several sister sites were also shut down, including one dedicated to sharing pornography files. Even search giant Google joined the protest, albeit in a less extreme manner, with a black rectangle slapped across the logo on its home page. But the search engine's involvement immediately drew accusations of hypocrisy, as online activists pointed out that it routinely blacklisted legitimate websites from its news aggregator and followed government orders to remove material from its search results and YouTube.
Another example was the taking down of footage released by Wikileaks taken from an Apache helicopter showing the pilots killing two Reuters photographers in Iraq. Indicted by the Department of Justice: Kim Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand and the other two executives of the company are on the run The indictment was returned in the Eastern District of Virginia, which claimed jurisdiction because some of the alleged pirated materials were hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Virginia.
Newt Gingrich said the law pre-emptively censors the Internet on behalf of corporations. He said that patents and copyrights already exist to protect creators' rights and that, if someone is stealing, then the owners should sue under existing laws.
Rick Santorum said he doesn't like the law but added that the Internet is not somewhere 'where anyone can do anything they want. According to the indictment, Megaupload was estimated at one point to be the 13th most frequently visited website on the Internet. Current estimates by companies that monitor Web traffic place it in the top The five-count indictment, which alleges copyright infringement as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering and racketeering, described a site designed specifically to reward users who uploaded pirated content for sharing.
For instance, users received cash bonuses if they uploaded content popular enough to generate m assive numbers of downloads, according to the indictment.
Such content was almost always copyright protected, the indictment said. The DoJ said it was illegal for anyone to download pirated content, but their investigation focused on the leaders of the company, not end users who may have downloaded a few movies for personal viewing.
Although Megaupload is based in Hong Kong, the size of its operation in the southern Chinese city was unclear. The administrative contact listed in its domain registration, Bonnie Lam, did not respond immediately for a request for comment sent to a fax number and email address listed. Regarding the retaliatory cyber-attacks, the DoJ told AP it was investigating the 'significant increase in activity' that disrupted its website yesterday.
It said in a statement that it was working to 'investigate the origins of this activity, which is being treated as a malicious act until we can fully identify the root cause.