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Members of Military Had Over 15,000 MegaUpload Accounts

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 1 comment

Let's hope they weren't using those accounts to store anything important or sensitive.

Roughly a fortnight ago, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom revealed that there were many government employees among the file sharing site's users. Dotcom said that, while investigating a way to provide users with access to files stored on MegaUpload's servers, they discovered a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate. However, when you add the number of accounts from members of the U.S. military, that 'large number' gets even larger.

According to TorrentFreak, the government accounts are not limited to the Senate, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and NASA. Apparently roughly 15,600 members of the US Military were also using the service. Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak from domains including af.mil, army.mil, centcom.mil, navy.mil and osd.mil etc, a total of 15,634 users are registered with Megaupload and a whopping 10,223 of them paid for premium accounts. All told, they have uploaded 340,983 files for a total of 96,507,779 MB.

If MegaUpload is unsuccessful in its bid to allow users access to their files, those files (a little over 94,000 GB) could all be deleted and lost forever. The site's legal representation is working to give users access, but, at the same time, the hosting company storing it all is itching to be free from the $9000/day it's costing to hold onto the data and others, such as the MPAA, want the data retained for future suits. In short, no one knows what's happening to their data, 15,600 members of the military among them.

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    contrasia , 28 March 2012 18:44
    MPAA already did what they wanted and took down Megaupload. I don't understand why they want to make a mess of things and acquire all the data for future lawsuits. I mean that's a backwards step from what they just achieved - They just brought down a major distributor, which in my eyes is the direction they should've been going all along, but by retaining the data they're going after the individuals again. Using it in defence is a weak excuse, since they took the step so they have to take any responsibility that comes with it, not make literally everyone, including the innocent, suffer because of "what if's" or "just in case" to cover their own backsides.

    I understand a lot of the material could be pirated, and I understand they want to prevent it at all costs, that's their job. But for gods sake, you did what you set out to do so release the data back to the users and start closing things up. Dragging things out like this is ridiculous. It's like taking down criminals in a building, but refusing to let all the bystanders leave the building even after you jailed the criminals, because you're afraid that you might of missed someone.