MegaUpload’s short-lived takedown has been shortlived with the site reportedly back up online – just not in a typical way. In addition, employees of the company – including the CEO Kim Dotcom – were denied bail by a New Zealand court.
The site does not have a domain name, and access to the site is via an IP address. However, at the moment, the site is currently showing text. In addition, no one has been able to verify if that site is the real MegaUpload – so time will tell.
Also, thanks for the heads up, the Atlantic.
Its CEO and other employees, however, still remain in jail in New Zealand after being arrested on Friday in conjunction with the FBI and Justice Department. The other employees were its chief marketing officer Finn Batato, chief technical officer Mathias Ortmann, and Bram van der Kolk. They are to reappear on Monday, and could face extradition to the United States.
The NZ police, however, has given some detail to their arrest. The police claim that Dotcom retreated back into the house despite police identifying themselves, and turned on several electronic locking mechanisms. After they broke through, he then retreated to a safe room – and, once they entered, “found Mr Dotcom near a firearm which had the appearance of a shortened shotgun.”
Police have also seized more than $10 million of assets in his “Dotcom Mansion” and money from banks. These include luxury cars worth $6 million, in addition to expensive art works.
It has also been reported that the raid was to “put a stop to the internet tycoon’s lavish birthday plans”, according to New Zealand’s RadioLive. Ouch.