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RapidShare under the microscope amid MegaUpload fallout

RapidShare under the microscope amid MegaUpload fallout

With MegaUpload facing irretrievable data loss later this week and rival services locking down their file sharing options, attention has turned to well-used but clandestine rival RapidShare AG and whether it will occupy the cloud storage vacuum or be next in line for the FBI's attentions. Worlds apart from the showy Kim Dotcom, MegaUpload's CEO, RapidShare founder Christian Schmid has focused his attentions on lobbying the US government, the WSJ reports, spending over $600,000 since 2010 to persuade them the site is a legitimate file repository and not a haven for copyright infringement.

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MegaUpload data faces deletion from Thursday

MegaUpload data faces deletion from Thursday

Data stored on seized file-sharing site MegaUpload could be deleted from as early as Thursday this week, Federal prosecutors in the US have confirmed, after the company's frozen assets stopped paying for the site's hosting. MegaUpload's attorney, Ira Rothken, has warned that the site has no way of continuing to maintain the data of around 50m users, The Guardian reports, while a US government letter regarding the case confirmed that data expected to be cited during the prosecution of Kim Dotcom, MegaUpload's CEO, and his team was merely copied from the servers rather than the computers themselves being among the grabbed assets.

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Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes masks in parliament this week, in protest of a SOPA-style anti-piracy agreement signed by the government. Members of the leftwing Palikot's Movement produced apparently home-made masks - popularized by comic-turned-film V for Vendetta and now largely associated with hack-collective Anonymous - to show their disdain for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) the AP reports.

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Anonymous targets Irish government over Piracy laws claim reports

Anonymous targets Irish government over Piracy laws claim reports

Hack collective Anonymous has apparently targeted the Irish government in its latest DDoS attack wave, protesting proposals for its version of the US SOPA anti-piracy act. The Irish Department of Justice and Department of Finance sites were taken offline early on Wednesday morning this week, a government spokesperson confirmed to the Irish Times, the downtime on each lasting roughly an hour.

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MegaUpload’s Dotcom denied bail over flee fears

MegaUpload’s Dotcom denied bail over flee fears

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has been denied bail by a New Zealand court, over concerns that the ostentatious exec could flee the company - and extradition to the US - using fake documentation. Dotcom, who was arrested last week as part of a huge raid on the file-sharing site, was described as a "real flight risk" by the court, the New Zealand Herald reports, with prosecutors claiming there was also a strong possibility that he could attempt to restart MegaUpload if released even temporarily.

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Legal front launched by ex-Megaupload users

Legal front launched by ex-Megaupload users

This month's complete and utter closure of the Megaupload file uploading and sharing site has created more than one ripple in the online world, the latest being with so-called "legitimate" users of the former file-sharing service launching a legal collective aiming to push the FBI into re-activating the site. What this front is basing its actions on are several laws in the Spanish Penal Code Articles 197 and 198 which protect user data inside the law's jurisdiction, this law saying that the FBI misappropriated personal data in a way that should not stand. Over 1000 ex-users of Megaupload have signed up on the first day of operation of this front, with more pouring in by the minute.

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Megaupload CEO raid captures 18 luxurious cars and one motorcycle

Megaupload CEO raid captures 18 luxurious cars and one motorcycle

When you're the kingpin of Megaupload and your name is Kim Dotcom, it's not hard to think that it's a good idea to purchase a lot of fancy electronics so you can look awesome when posting yourself sitting in your basement hacking away - but when you've gone beyond hackerdom, there's something else you'll end up purchasing: fabulous automobiles. That's what Dotcom did, and as his Megaupload and other internet-based ventures grew, he amassed what's been revealed today as a king's ransom worth of luxury cars. Amongst these were Rolls-Royce, Maserati, and 16 more in autos dating from 2012 all the way back to 1959.

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Piracy goes 3D as Physibles eye your 3D printer

Piracy goes 3D as Physibles eye your 3D printer

The next copyright controversies will be over physical replicas of digitally distributed objects, it's suggested, using 3D printers and CNC machines to bypass stores and instead print off your own clothes, gadgets and other items. Although currently far-fetched, the "data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical" - dubbed Physibles by The Pirate Bay - are tipped to be the next hot online commodity, as users share files and design-owners attempt to limit access.

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MegaUpload DIY record label plans made it a target tip conspiracists

MegaUpload DIY record label plans made it a target tip conspiracists

Was MegaUpload's sudden fall at the hands of the US government in part pushed by Universal Media Group and fears the file sharing site was about to launch a DIY record label of its own? That's the latest speculation in the ongoing digital download saga, with suggestions that MegaUpload was readying an upgrade to MegaBox, turning it into a hybrid cloud-locker, distribution platform and pseudo-label that would actually pay artists for offering their tracks for free.

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Anonymous deploys trickster DDoS sites to fuel online attacks

Anonymous deploys trickster DDoS sites to fuel online attacks

A new Anonymous tool deployed in recent days can inadvertently turn casual browsers into participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack, and is believed to have been at least partially responsible for taking Universal Music and other sites offline in MegaUpload-related protests. Although until now Anonymous has focused on the so-called LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Canon) tool to carry out DDoS attacks, a freely downloaded app that helps bombard sites with hits until they are overwhelmed and unresponsive, a new browser-based strategy has surfaced, CNET reports, that creates a DDoS-fueling webpage.

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