Megaupload.com , the well known file-sharing website was taken down by authorities(read FBI) and its co-founder Kim Dotcom and several other members from the staff were charged for: Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Copyright Infringement, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, Criminal Copyright Infringement by distributing a Copyrighted Work Being Prepared for Commercial Distribution on a Computer Network & Aiding and Abetting of Criminal Copyright Infringement and Criminal Copyright Infringement by Electronic Means. The full indictment is here.
The indictment was filed in The United States District Court for The Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. Dotcom and three other members were arrested Thursday, January 19 in Auckland, New Zealand and Megaupload Ltd. and its children websites caused more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners and generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds, according to the authorities. Megaupload Ltd. earned more than $110 million over five years in membership fees and other payments via a PayPal account. Megaupload Ltd. is already engaged in a legal fight with Universal Music Group about a video uploaded to youtube.com , where UMG simply requested the video to be taken down by Youtube under a private agreement that the company says exists between it and YouTube. The UMG lawyer Kelly Klaus sent a letter to Youtube stating that UMG has the right to take down videos on Youtube “Not limited to copyright infringement” only. Of course Youtube refuse them and stated for Arstechnica: “Our partners do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they own the rights to them or they are live performances controlled through exclusive agreements with their artists, which is why we reinstated it.”. The controversed video continues to be online.
We won’t discuss here if the charges are founded, why the New Zealand authorities arrested so quickly Non-American citizens at the FBI recommandation or other legal aspects.
You can see here on youtube: First video: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in court
Somehow expected, a Megaupload successor, in reality a fake Megaupload website appears on the Internet. I’m expecting to see many more in the near future.
Several hours ago a tweet of @ YourAnonNews Twitter user announced that Megaupload is back under a different address: http://megavideo.bz. To visit this page is needed to ignore the Opera browser security warning:
This site has been reported as fraudulent. Exchanging sensitive or confidential information with this site could put you at risk for identity theft and/or financial fraud.
Opera Software strongly discourages visiting this page.
How the page looks like?
It’s at least curious if not a paradox why the page states that there is not yet a domain name but the website responds requesting http://megavideo.bz which is clearly a domain name. What the website does? Not very much but it tracks the visitors, you can see in the source page how an image 1×1 pixel is accessed from http://nht-2.extreme-dm.com host to track the visitors:
And the browser request:
http://www.extreme-dm.com is redirecting to http://extremetracking.com/ which is used to collect informations about websites visitors.
The IP used by the “successor” megaupload website (megavideo.bz or 188.8.131.52) is located in Netherlands (customer.worldstream.nl). It is rated as Suspicious by http://urlquery.net, a scanning&deobfuscating websites service. Here is the analysis report at Anubis:
My advice is to stay away from this website, for me it seems fake, anyone can make a clone with megaupload.com website look and claims that: “Megaupload.com is back!”. And who is feeling comfortable knowing that his visit is tracked down?
Keep safe !