Megaupload Founder Reveals U.S. Government Usage Stats

Megaupload Founder Reveals U.S. Government Usage Stats

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It turns out that the U.S. military had over 15,000 active accounts on Megaupload, while other agencies including Homeland Security and the FBI accounted for another 1000.

The file sharing site Megaupload was taken offline in January by the U.S. government amidst claims that it had facilitated copyright infringement to the tune of $500 million in lost revenues. I don't think anyone would argue that piracy wasn't part of the mix but the takedown was indiscriminate and complete, and left a lot of users separated from their legitimate, non-infringing data. Among those users, Megaupload founder Kit Dotcom said earlier this month, were a hefty number of folks from the U.S. government.

And now, as the effort to figure out what belongs to whom continues, some specific numbers have emerged. Dotcom told TorrentFreak that 1058 Megaupload accounts are held by users from the dhs.gov, doe.gov, fbi.gov, hhs.gov, nasa.gov, senate.gov, treas.gov and uscourts.gov domains, 344 of whom paid for premium access to the service. All told, these users uploaded 15,242 files totally 1,851,791 megabytes.

That's pretty bad, but the U.S. military has it a lot worse. 15,634 Megaupload accounts were registered from the af.mil, army.mil, centcom.mil, navy.mil, osd.mil and other related domains, 10,223 of which were paid, premium accounts. 340,983 files had been uploaded from these accounts, adding up to a whopping 96,507,779 megabytes.

Dotcom made no allegations about the nature of the data, but regardless of how it was being used, the loss of nearly 100 terabytes of data, some of which is bound to be legitimate - photos, letters, whatever - to a heavy-handed shutdown is truly unfortunate. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Carpathia Hosting have a program to assist Megaupload users who have lost data in the takedown up now at megaretrieval.com.

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"takedwon" slight typo there.

On to the actual matter:

I don't think this is quite relevant. People use their work e-mails for a lot of things and it's not like this was sensitive intelligence or anything, it was most likely stuff like work powerpoints, memos, personal photos and videos, etc.

Hopefully Megaupload will be back up eventually, it's quite annoying to use rapidshare for everything.

Obviously, they were all pirates. Hard to watch the new movies when you're in Iraq.

/sarcasm

60% piracy 40% legit means you still screwed 40% of the users...

I hope that some of those people who wanted to bring down the megasites were part of all that and that they were involved in pirating materials. That would be sweet, sweet irony.

Now, whenever someone says that MU being shut down is a good thing, I can respond that they hate America.

Cool.

CrazyBlaze:
I hope that some of those people who wanted to bring down the megasites were part of all that and that they were involved in pirating materials. That would be sweet, sweet irony.

They wanted other pirates gone so their DL speed would go up with less leechers...

Rocklobster99:
Now, whenever someone says that MU being shut down is a good thing, I can respond that they hate America.

Cool.

Don't like Megaupload?
Terrorist.
Like Megaupload?
Pirate.

Pick your poison.

Knight Templar:

Rocklobster99:
Now, whenever someone says that MU being shut down is a good thing, I can respond that they hate America.

Cool.

Don't like Megaupload?
Terrorist.
Like Megaupload?
Pirate.

Pick your poison.

BUT WHAT IF I DONT USE MEGAUPLOAD? D:

OT: well on the scheme of grand things....no, no, thats still a shit ton of people and legitimate uploads.

draythefingerless:

Knight Templar:

Rocklobster99:
Now, whenever someone says that MU being shut down is a good thing, I can respond that they hate America.

Cool.

Don't like Megaupload?
Terrorist.
Like Megaupload?
Pirate.

Pick your poison.

BUT WHAT IF I DONT USE MEGAUPLOAD? D:

OT: well on the scheme of grand things....no, no, thats still a shit ton of people and legitimate uploads.

Communist :D

OT: That's interesting

Weird. I never thought Takedwondo

would result in lost data. What kind of martial arts is dis?

j/k j/k, I love you Andy :3

So America just screwed itself in the ass?

I wonder, what would happen, if indeed it showed that the government and Army were using the service for illegally obtaining and trading movies.

That's the thing about filehosters like Megaupload, Rapidshare, Mediafire, Hotfile and all the others, they're offering a service and it's insincere to call some sort of "conspiracy" just because a large number of people use them to upload copyrighted works. In the end they don't have any influence on what kind of files are being uploaded as they couldn't possibly filter through them and there's password protected/encrypted files. Kim Schmitz might be a grade A asshole, but they shouldn't be responsible for what users uploaded or else providers and website hosters might be next and that's where the censorship begins.

I wonder how many files uploaded by government or military personell were classified...

Andy Chalk:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Carpathia Hosting have a program to assist Megaupload users who have lost data in the takedwon up now at megaretrieval.com.

Another slip of the finger accounted for and immortalised for as long as this forum survives.

gigastar:
I wonder how many files uploaded by government or military personell were classified...

Approximately 0, possibly less.

this is just awesome! I wouldn't be surprised if the people that supported the MU take down also had accounts! so the ENTIRE server is gone?

Buretsu:

gigastar:
I wonder how many files uploaded by government or military personell were classified...

Approximately 0, possibly less.

Less than zero? I don't think it can get that low. I'll bet it was a very low number, probably zero, maybe even as high as 3 or 4.

antipunt:
Weird. I never thought Takedwondo

would result in lost data. What kind of martial arts is dis?

j/k j/k, I love you Andy :3

Reminds me of what Emo Philips said about computers - 'a computer will always beat me at chess, but I'll always win at kickboxing.'

So if 60% of accounts engaged in piracy, and there are at least 1000 active FBI accounts, then we should be seeing around 600 FBI employees fired, tried and sentenced to 20+ years in jail, right?

Right?

Wrong!
This be the US of A. Here there be pirates.

EDIT: But heaven forbid if they find a pirate in the MI5...

 

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