Cars, guns, millions of pounds recovered from Megaupload founder
- Jan 21, 2012, 11:59 AM IST
US police forces claim to have recovered yesterday millions of pounds, several luxury cars and shotguns in a raid on MegaUpload founder, Kim Dotcom's New Zealand-located estate.
According to a UK Daily Mail report, the police confirmed that the seized cars included a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe worth more than $400,000 as well as several Mercedes. Two short-barreled shotguns and a number of valuable artworks were also confiscated.
The raid came after the FBI arrested seven individuals, and two corporations- Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited- on charges of being part of a $175 Million US Criminal Copyright Conspiracy.
According to an official FBI update, the arrested individuals and the blocked websites were enganged in a "racketeering conspiracy", apart from "conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering, and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.”
Earlier, in retaliation for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shutting down file-sharing portal Megaupload, hackers from all over the world joined cyber activists ‘Anonymous’ to launch a massive attack on several major government and entertainment industry websites, including FBI’s official online page.
Among the websites the hacking group claims to have taken down are Universalmusic.com, Justice.gov, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the US Copyright Office and the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.
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