Megaupload.com, alleged to be one of the world's most popular sources of online piracy, has been shut down by a federal indictment issued Thursday. The cyberlocker enabled file-sharing said to be teeming with movies, music and TV shows for as many as 50 million daily visitors a day. Megaupload.com has been measured as the 13th most popular website on the planet.
The FBI, which led the investigation, characterized the indictment as "among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States." The indictment says the site's backers have generated revenues totaling $175 million.
Hours after the indictment went public, the notorious hackers known as Anonymous claimed to be behind an attack on the websites for Universal Music Group and Department of Justice, which were rendered inaccessible. Anonymous explained the attack was in retaliation for the crackdown on Megaupload.
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ETA: I see cryptodan posted this earlier here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic438977.html
Edited by Union_Thug, 19 January 2012 - 06:03 PM.