MegaUpload Kim Dotcom Gets Life Imprisonment
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KIM Schmitz legally changed his surname to Dotcom at some point over the last decade, an homage to the technology that made him a millionaire and that led to him being held in a New Zealand jail.
THE 38-year-old internet entrepreneur was arrested Thursday at his birthday celebration inside a 25,000-square-foot mansion in Auckland.
When police entered the property, Dotcom fled to a safe room, where he was found with a loaded shotgun, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Dotcom was charged with criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit racketeering. The FBI shut down his Hong Kong-based website, which it claims was used to pirate half a billion dollars worth of entertainment content.
The husky Dotcom is a kingpin in a little-exposed side of the internet economy, who profited by tapping changes in technology, roiling the entertainment industry.
His company, Megaupload Ltd., and similar online storage sites known as cyberlockers, have many legitimate uses, such as allowing people to share large presentation files and home movies.
But US authorities and entertainment executives say in court documents and interviews that cyberlockers are at the vanguard of online piracy. On Friday, the US Congress abandoned two controversial antipiracy bills.
Despite the legal controversy brewing around his website - and a previous conviction for insider trading - Dotcom didn't lay low or hide anonymously behind his computer.
HACKTAVIST group Anonymous have compiled and published a dossier containing personal information about employees of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and US Democratic party leaders and their families.
The hacking group released a document on file-sharing site Pastebin.com listing the websites they planned to attack along with the names of US Democratic Party leaders and MPAA employees and their families.
The details included property values, work and home phone numbers and addresses as well as the names, ages and schools of the member's children.
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