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Mugwog
01-19-2012, 12:25 PM
Feds kill Megaupload (http://gizmodo.com/5877612/feds-kill-megaupload)

Who needs SOPA when you're the government?

TomAz
01-19-2012, 12:47 PM
OH SHIT DOES THIS MEAN MEGAPORN IS GONE TOO???

Courtney
01-19-2012, 12:56 PM
Wait, Megaupload's CEO is Alicia Key's hubby (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204616504577171060611948408.html)? Oh, that's funny.

OnlyNonStranger
01-19-2012, 12:56 PM
Everything will be okay as long as they leave me with Videob, Videozer, and GorillaVid.

wmgaretjax
01-19-2012, 12:59 PM
nvm... edit. there are some nasty facts in the indictment.

Monko760
01-19-2012, 01:04 PM
Always liked Swizz Beatz, just another reason.

Alchemy
01-19-2012, 01:11 PM
Ugly timing.

malcolmjamalawesome
01-19-2012, 01:12 PM
Ha. You mean because of SOPA or because of trying to get familiar with the lineup?

Alchemy
01-19-2012, 01:18 PM
SOPA. I've been able to acquire Coachella music on the torrent front alright, so far.

wmgaretjax
01-19-2012, 01:18 PM
Ugly timing.

I dunno... ICE being able to take down websites without any kind of adversarial hearing seems like a good argument for SOPA/PIPA being redundant.

kitt kat
01-19-2012, 01:33 PM
Whatever, Mediafire is better.

faxman75
01-19-2012, 01:36 PM
The war wages on. Anonymous hits back! Takes down Universal Music, Department of Justice, RIAA and others.

http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-doj-universal-sopa-235/


Hacktivists with the collective Anonymous are waging an attack on the website for the White House after successfully breaking the sites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.
In response to today’s federal raid on the file sharing service Megaupload, hackers with the online collective Anonymous have broken the websites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.

“It was in retaliation for Megaupload, as was the concurrent attack on Justice.org,” Anonymous operative Barrett Brown tells RT on Thursday afternoon.
Only hours before the DoJ and Universal sites went down, news broke that Megaupload, a massive file sharing site with a reported 50 million daily users, was taken down by federal agents. Four people linked to Megaupload were arrested in New Zealand and an international crackdown led agents to serving at least 20 search warrants across the globe.
Less than an hour after the DoJ and Universal sites came down, the website for the RIAA, or Recording Industry Association of America, went offline as well.
Minutes later, MPAA.org also returned an error as Anonymous hacktivists managed to bring the website for the Motion Picture Association of America. The group, headed by former senator Chris Dodd, is an adamant supporter of both PIPA and SOPA legislation.
Universal Music Group, or UMG, is the largest record company in the United States and under its umbrella are the labels Interscope-Geffen-A&M, the Island Def Jam Motown Music Group and Mercury Records.
Brown adds that “more is coming” and Anonymous-aligned hacktivists are pursuing a joint effort with others to “damage campaign raising abilities of remaining Democrats who support SOPA.”
Although many members of Congress have just this week changed their stance on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, the raid on Megaupload Thursday proved that the feds don’t need SOPA or its sister legislation, PIPA, in order to pose a blow to the Web.
Brown adds that operatives involved in the project will use an “experimental campaign” and search engine optimization techniques “whereby to forever saddle some of these congressmen with their record on this issue.”

TomAz
01-19-2012, 01:36 PM
Whatever, Mediafire is next.

fixed

frazzles
01-19-2012, 01:36 PM
...until they target mediafire next.

Anyways, since this hasn't been posted yet (I think): http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-doj-universal-sopa-235/

EDIT: Fax beat me to it, so did Tom

Newro7ic
01-19-2012, 01:37 PM
DOJ website is down. Anonymous is taking credit as a retaliation.

EDIT: Damnit, Fax. ;P

wmgaretjax
01-19-2012, 01:37 PM
fixed

if you look at the indictment... on the face of the services there are some dramatic differences.

a huge amount of this hinges on the internal behaviors of the companies... and megaupload was notorious for housing a number of complete idiots.

TomAz
01-19-2012, 01:43 PM
Yeah I was just reading that.


The MegaUpload crew kick-started its Megavideo hosting site by copying videos from YouTube, and the indictment quotes from internal emails stating: Do we have a server available to continue downloading of the Youtube’svids? … Kim just mentioned again that this has really priority.” Another email stated: “Kim really wants to copy Youtube one to one.”

Other emails show how executives discussed cash rewards for uploaders who had provided specific DVDs and other copyrighted works.

Further emails show how some of the executives scoured their own service to download copies of The Sporanos and various music albums.

The indictment even includes chat logs with conversations between company executives, which include statements like: “we have a funny business . . . modern days pirates :)”

A MegaUpload programmer who was charged as part of the indictment uploaded multiple DVDs to the site.

Some of the emails show that MegaUpload had an interesting policy on when to follow take-down requests. When asked by Warner to take down files, the site’s CTO wrote in an internal email: “We should complywith their request – we can afford to be cooperative at current growth levels.”

Alchemy
01-19-2012, 01:50 PM
I dunno... ICE being able to take down websites without any kind of adversarial hearing seems like a good argument for SOPA/PIPA being redundant.

I agree. I meant ugly timing for ICE.

Alchemy
01-19-2012, 01:51 PM
Also, yeah, they better not go after mediafire. I actually use that for non-piracy purposes.

wmgaretjax
01-19-2012, 02:51 PM
a good summary: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/why-the-feds-smashed-megaupload.ars

HunterGather
01-19-2012, 03:04 PM
Who knew Swizz Beatz was running things there??

Kinda sucks. I just used MegaVideo this week to watch season 4 of Breaking Bad (excellent, btw).

And I used to use google to search for albums on megaupload.

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly2l9gMnaJ1qb0vjao1_500.png
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxzfcroLgj1qm6y01.gif

Mugwog
01-19-2012, 03:08 PM
Wow @ Anonymous

It was the largest attack ever by Anonymous, according to an Anonymous representative, with 5,635 people using a networking tool called a "low orbit ion cannon." A LOIC is software tool that aims a massive flood of traffic at a targeted site.

Internet Warz

fatbastard
01-19-2012, 03:24 PM
Waiting 30 seconds before reading this free thread...

PotVsKtl
01-19-2012, 03:25 PM
filestube.com

Hannahrain
01-19-2012, 03:37 PM
The indictment goes after six individuals, who between them owned 14 Mercedes-Benz automobiles with license plates such as "POLICE," "MAFIA," "V," "STONED," "CEO," "HACKER," GOOD," "EVIL," and—perhaps presciently—"GUILTY." The group also had a 2010 Maserati, a 2008 Rolls-Royce, and a 1989 Lamborghini. They had not one but three Samsung 83" TVs, and two Sharp 108" TVs. Someone owned a "Predator statue." Motor bikes, jet skis, artwork, and even 60 Dell servers could all be forfeit to the government if it can prove its case against the members of the "Mega Conspiracy."

I can't tonight, guys, I'm going to a police auction. For a full-size replica of Predator. So I can use the carpool lane.

HunterGather
01-19-2012, 03:42 PM
I'm curious as to why certain sites or torrent trackers are singled out.
I mean, why MegaUpload? Why not Rapidshare, Zshare, VideoBB, etc.
And why Pirate Bay? Why not Demonoid, ISOHunt, etc.

Starraven
01-19-2012, 03:57 PM
don't worry guyz we can still listen to king of limbs for free NV4xhsYvU2g

Alchemy
01-19-2012, 04:09 PM
I'm curious as to why certain sites or torrent trackers are singled out.
I mean, why MegaUpload? Why not Rapidshare, Zshare, VideoBB, etc.
And why Pirate Bay? Why not Demonoid, ISOHunt, etc.

I am not knowledgeable on any of this, but I imagine that if this is a lawsuit of some sort, it would be difficult to sue a bunch of different companies at once - who may operate in different countries, in different ways, etc... MegaUpload was probably the most damaging one out of all of them? Or maybe a combination of their popularity and ease of making a case against them?

wmgaretjax
01-19-2012, 04:12 PM
megaupload was very popular (the stat going around was 13th most popular website at some point in time). it was also a very large networks of "rogue" sites... they were also fairly belligerent about some of these issues.

they are by far the easiest profit-based target out there.

Cameron Frye
01-19-2012, 04:24 PM
so Anonymous just took credit for crashing FBI.gov over this

http://mashable.com/2012/01/19/doj-megaupload-anonymous/

Alchemy
01-19-2012, 04:33 PM
It would be cool if Anonymous could display information - that would educate people about the dangers of SOPA and related stuff - instead of just this:


ERROR

The requested URL could not be retrieved

While trying to retrieve the requested URL the following error was encountered:

Unable to forward this request at this time.
Footprint 4.8/FPMCP
Generated Fri, 20 Jan 2012 01:31:21 GMT by 199.93.63.124 (Footprint 4.8/FPMCP)

I admire their passion, but they often remind me of the Festivus episode of Seinfeld, when Kramer sabotages the bagel shop for not allowing him to celebrate Festivus.

"Can we still make bagels?"

"Yeah. It's just a little steamy."

Cameron Frye
01-19-2012, 04:34 PM
no bagel no bagel no bagel

gaypalmsprings
01-20-2012, 05:41 AM
RIP

http://www.mxdwn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/megaupload.jpg

HandBanana
01-20-2012, 10:32 AM
If your name is Swizz Beatz, then you should change your name because that is a stupid name to have

wmgaretjax
01-20-2012, 11:10 AM
i knew i should have done a better job of downloading everything off of Mutant Sounds. ugh.

wmgaretjax
01-20-2012, 11:23 AM
anonymous is threatening OpGlobalBlackout on a couple banking sites, twitter, facebook, and others... the implication with the announcement is that they already have access and this goes beyond simple DDOS attacks.

PotVsKtl
01-20-2012, 11:25 AM
It would be cool if Anonymous could display information - that would educate people about the dangers of SOPA and related stuff - instead of just this:


They're not hacking the sites, they're just overwhelming them with requests. They have no ability to display anything.

wmgaretjax
01-20-2012, 11:39 AM
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/01/megaupload-wasnt-just-for-pirates-angry-users-out-of-luck-for-now.ars

Alchemy
01-20-2012, 11:52 AM
They're not hacking the sites, they're just overwhelming them with requests. They have no ability to display anything.

I know, I'm just saying that it would be cool if they could. On the other hand, that operation Jared mentioned makes sense, even for a bunch of DDOS attacks, because a denial of service is the exact thing being protested.

But when they threaten to DDOS things like the Scientology website, it almost seems pointless to attack the site without hacking and putting a message up. Otherwise, they're just making things a little steamy, but Scientology can still make their bagels. It's silly. I think it frustrates the people trying to see the website, instead of turning those people to any cause.

PotVsKtl
01-20-2012, 12:21 PM
Gotta wait for LulzSec for that. Anonymous is just a bunch of people who know what a VPN is.

wmgaretjax
01-22-2012, 01:59 PM
clearly this has scared others. filesonic has disabled file sharing.

romanticizer
01-22-2012, 02:11 PM
2012 apocalypse is starting.

HandBanana
01-22-2012, 02:14 PM
Anyone try Filepost?
Seems to be some switching over to there going on.

wmgaretjax
01-22-2012, 02:19 PM
2012 apocalypse is starting.

nah. it's just a bad gut reaction (from a service that is much less questionable in its approach). can't fault the executives and investors at these businesses from being freaked out.

once an opinion comes out for the case... a clear set of rules will be outlined that will indirectly create sets of internal guidelines to prevent this kind of outcome again. if it goes that far... it'll just be Grokster pt 2. i doubt businesses like filesonic and mediafire would be susceptible under any reasonable outcome to this case.

SoulDischarge
01-22-2012, 02:31 PM
i knew i should have done a better job of downloading everything off of Mutant Sounds. ugh.

I have everything from there posted before a certain date. I don't know when exactly, probably like 2 years ago was when I stopped, but it's over 100GB worth of stuff. It's kind of a mess because not everything is labeled very well and I haven't had the motivation to go through and organize it myself. If you can think of an easy way to transfer some of it to you, let me know.

wmgaretjax
01-22-2012, 02:41 PM
I have everything from there posted before a certain date. I don't know when exactly, probably like 2 years ago was when I stopped, but it's over 100GB worth of stuff. It's kind of a mess because not everything is labeled very well and I haven't had the motivation to go through and organize it myself. If you can think of an easy way to transfer some of it to you, let me know.

i might take you up on that... i think i have a spare hard drive sitting around that I might just mail to you. i'll let you know if I figure it out. thanks!

koryp
01-22-2012, 10:40 PM
Anyone try Filepost?
Seems to be some switching over to there going on.

I'm using it now. Fast, accurate content, but light on the indexing and searchable links and affiliate support filesonic had.

wmgaretjax
01-24-2012, 09:44 AM
so this article outlines the legal issues at stake and the likelihood of megaupload being fucked. however, it also demonstrates that it isn't hard to run a file sharing service that will fit within the current confines of the law: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/legal-experts-say-megaupload-faces-long-odds.ars

while there might be some panic at the moment... it is obvious that successful services will persist.

kreutz2112
01-24-2012, 09:59 AM
relief.