There is always a developing story around us. We started the year with CES 2012, then came the flood of SOPA and PIPA which iced soon after some heightened moments fortunate for tech industry but misfortune for Hollywood so far.
In a relation to crackdown the internet piracy FBI shut down megaupload.com and Hacktivists retaliated with blocking access to US Department of Justice’ website. We will discuss this point later.
Kim Dotcom who owes megaupload.com solely or a large portion of it happens to be a next infamous after Truman Capote. The man lived a very luxurious life until policed marched at his mansion in helicopters to force their way into the house but Mr. Dotcom activated a number of security mechanisms. Once police officers broke the locks and stepped into the mansion our hero (Kim Dotcom) hid himself in a safe room. Finally after a great effort he was cuffed. Thank God the hide-and-seek game soon finished.
This is good dramatic scene but Mr. Dotcom is alleged to cost $500 million to copyright holders with his megaupload site. He is also said to generate over $175 million in proceeds from subscriptions and advertising. He had more than 1500 servers installed in Virginia, Washigton DC, Netherlands, and France, according to a statement from Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Megaupload had more than 150 million registered users and some 50 million daily visitors before it was shut down. Such popular site gave Kim Dotcom a profit of $42 million in 2010. That surely explains how he could own one of most expensive mansions in New Zealand, worth NZ$30 million.
Megaupload’s U.S. lawyer said the company would “vigorously defend itself” and was trying to recover its servers and get back online.
With that story done, if it is all true and factual then what Anonymous is trying to prove with its recent action to block DOJ’s website. I thought they always acted against governments and those who are wrong doers, but here I don’t see Kim Dotcom as a live safer or Spiderman saving the people from trouble. They seem confuse to me at the latest.