$42 million in Megaupload assets seized in Hong Kong

The investigation by law enforcement officials on the Megaupload file sharing site went into another part of the world today. Hong Kong customs officials have announced that, working with the US Department of Justice and the FBI, they have seized assets from Megaupload in the city that are worth about $42 million.

The press release states that 100 officers raided four specific targets in Hong Kong as part of their investigation. The targets included hotel rooms, offices and homes. The press release stated:

Customs officers had also made inquiries with target individuals, including company directors, and detected about HK$330 million worth of crime proceeds of bank savings and security investment. The assets have been frozen in accordance with related ordinances. The operation is on-going.

During the investigation, it was found that the hotel rooms rented by the syndicate for office use and rest area were luxury suite rooms, which cost HK$100,000 odd per day. Besides, the room was equipped with a number of large-scale high-speed servers and large-model TV screens, which are suspected to be in connection with the case.

Megaupload was shut down by US officials on Thursday and seven people in the company were charged with piracy in connection with the case. Four of the team members. were arrested on Thursday. The arrests included its founder Kim Dotcom, who is also apparenty one of the world's best online players in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. He and three other Megaupload team members will make a court appearance in New Zealand on Monday; three other team members are still at large.

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yowanvista said,
Dear US government, the world doesn't revolve around your country.
Sincerely, the world.
But it does. If we go down, so does the rest of the world.
Get a clue. I am a US citizen and I don't like many things that go one here either.

But technically, since we are the most advanced country on the planet, we are the "world". Look what happened when the US almost defaulted. It brought down ALL world economies.

"We are the world" - says United States of America

TechieXP said,
But it does. If we go down, so does the rest of the world.
Get a clue. I am a US citizen and I don't like many things that go one here either.

But technically, since we are the most advanced country on the planet, we are the "world". Look what happened when the US almost defaulted. It brought down ALL world economies.

"We are the world" - says United States of America

Yeah sure, the US is so advanced that it can't even manage to stabilize its own economy and their debt which tops around 15 trillions. The US is really becoming a 3rd world country with all these issues.

Ever heard of China and their technology?

Bobinoff said,
I just renewed my account with filesonic for three months. I asked for a refund I wonder how that will work :-(

Exactly why I always went month by month. Sure, more expensive, but anyone with half a brain should've known this stuff wasn't go to last, at least not without some sort of crap happening.

Yup,
"All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally. "

Bobinoff said,
Filesonic just shut down their file sharing after what is happening with Megaupload. I wonder who is next

I love how sites I have paid for premium membership are being shut down.... Like really??

World ? or USA ?
At least "they" (Americans) didn't sneak into the country illegally and do a home invasion
And murder everyone in cold blood blow up a chopper, steal a corpse and dump it in the sea like they did with Osama's fair "trial"

Its only terrorism if it happens TO the states.. If THEY do it its called justice

America is gonna have to learn to stop sticking their face in Bee's nests

Americans really wont get the damn hint.. 911 ring a bell ?
I guess Osama woke up one day and said I'm gonna attack America for no reason.
Ignoring the fact Bill Clinton ordered missiles on his training camp before that in an attempt
to assassinate Bin Laden and they missed obviously but the funny part is all of America is surprised and shocked when someone fights back, little do they know what their country is doing..
The way i see it Osama is a good example of a typical behavior pattern of America
The guy was a mastermind behind horrible crimes, we all know that and what he was involved with was wrong, i would never deny that but the guy was in a sense a politician
in a foreign country and was ultimately murdered in his underwear in his bedroom given no chance for a trial because Obama made the decision to assassinate him

And spare me the i didn't vote for (insert politicians name) because if you were say
walking down the street and your pitt bull tore open a little girls neck can you really stand there and say "well, i didn't do it"

This Hacking activity just points out that I'm not the only one fed up with American BS

Seek Help re Osama.
Osama's lucky they didn't encase him alive in a concrete tomb, all while broadcasting the tomb filling up live, would have been a nice feature of the new world trade center to have a hans solo cryo type imprint of his dead arse on display for ever.

Now as too the the actual topic. It's total BS and yet another over reach of the DoJ (hey at least it wasn't ICE this time). Don't think the timing wasn't intentional either, right after the sopa awareness day. Barry's been losing hollywood donors over the sopa\pipa issue so it's no surprise he called up his buddy Holder at DoJ and threw a peace offering in the direction of Hollywood.

I am Not PCyr said,
World ? or USA ?
At least "they" (Americans) didn't sneak into the country illegally and do a home invasion
And murder everyone in cold blood blow up a chopper, steal a corpse and dump it in the sea like they did with Osama's fair "trial"

Its only terrorism if it happens TO the states.. If THEY do it its called justice

America is gonna have to learn to stop sticking their face in Bee's nests

Americans really wont get the damn hint.. 911 ring a bell ?
I guess Osama woke up one day and said I'm gonna attack America for no reason.
Ignoring the fact Bill Clinton ordered missiles on his training camp before that in an attempt
to assassinate Bin Laden and they missed obviously but the funny part is all of America is surprised and shocked when someone fights back, little do they know what their country is doing..
The way i see it Osama is a good example of a typical behavior pattern of America
The guy was a mastermind behind horrible crimes, we all know that and what he was involved with was wrong, i would never deny that but the guy was in a sense a politician
in a foreign country and was ultimately murdered in his underwear in his bedroom given no chance for a trial because Obama made the decision to assassinate him

And spare me the i didn't vote for (insert politicians name) because if you were say
walking down the street and your pitt bull tore open a little girls neck can you really stand there and say "well, i didn't do it"

This Hacking activity just points out that I'm not the only one fed up with American BS

You say Americans like we all had a part in all of these things. I am American and I don't agree with a lot of things that the Government does. I don't agree with what other countries governments do either, but I don't lump everyone in to one group and blame them. The people are different from the Government, and sadly in America our Government is so far removed from the people and what the people want.

How could a site like megaupload make so much money?

Now let's be clear, I'm not defending anyone, I just don't get it, since most people use it without paying a cent, and making 42 millions in subscriptions seems way over what could be achieved...

Is there something else going on here?

Digitalfox said,
How could a site like megaupload make so much money?

Now let's be clear, I'm not defending anyone, I just don't get it, since most people use it without paying a cent, and making 42 millions in subscriptions seems way over what could be achieved...

Is there something else going on here?

If im not mistaking there are around 2,000,000,000 internet users around the world. According to what was said, 4% of the internet users around the world used Megaupload, which makes it 80,000,000 around the world used MU.

No imagine how much money can you make from ADS with such a huge user base and even if only 1% of those people donated to support the website it makes it A LOT of money.

Of course some of the people actually paid the website to use it.

Beyond Godlike said,

He also wants to veto SOPA/PIPA. Why are people so dumb.

Didn't you know American public in general are dπ∞b.

Neo003 said,

Didn't you know American public in general are dπ∞b.

Whats dpiinfinityb?

I'm just kidding, I know it means drab.

Beyond Godlike said,

He also wants to veto SOPA/PIPA. Why are people so dumb.


yes but he fully supports acta and "the other bill" and his campaign was funded by mpaa execs....

Beyond Godlike said,

He also wants to veto SOPA/PIPA. Why are people so dumb.

No, he claimed to oppose the bills but specifically said that he wouldn't use his veto powers, so he might aswell have been supporting the bill, makes no difference.

TechieXP said,
Yet, we are still the world's richest country...lol

Yea we are so dumb.

richest is a general term.... we have billionaires and we have people that are pennyless....

they only count the billionaires per capita or something like that.

Team America, World Police. I really don't understand why these countries are submitting but perhaps you have to be a lawyer to really appreciate the situation.

chAos972 said,
Team America, World Police. I really don't understand why these countries are submitting but perhaps you have to be a lawyer to really appreciate the situation.

Was prolly along lines of " do this or we will never pay back all the money we owe you" to each country

chAos972 said,
Team America, World Police. I really don't understand why these countries are submitting but perhaps you have to be a lawyer to really appreciate the situation.

It's more like Team Obama/ Government

Trust me a lot of us don't like this either

If I remember correctly countries that don't roll over and take it in the @.. from America are faced with economic sanction threats.

webeagle12 said,

It's more like Team Obama/ Government

Trust me a lot of us don't like this either

As fas as I know the U.S. have always acted like the world police. Not just Obama.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Was prolly along lines of " do this or we will never pay back all the money we owe you" to each country

The US will never be able to afford its debt anyways. Its a sinking ship.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Was prolly along lines of " do this or we will never pay back all the money we owe you" to each country

Hong Kong = China
US debt to china = 1.2 trillion dollars

So no, I don't think it's that

chAos972 said,
Team America, World Police. I really don't understand why these countries are submitting but perhaps you have to be a lawyer to really appreciate the situation.

Because they're breaking the law.....?

Or am I missing something here?