Extradition proceedings have begun in New Zealand to bring Megaupload, file sharing website, founder Kim Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz) to the United States to face charges of racketeering, money laundering, and Internet piracy.
This all comes just a day after major websites like Wikipefia blacked out out their sites in protest against the SOPA and PIPA bills censoring the internet. Once Megaupload was shutdown by the FBI, hackers fired back big time.
An anonymous hacker, managed to cripple the U.S. government and music industry websites by shutting them all down! The US Copyright Office, Universal Music, the RIAA , BMI and Warner Music Group were all taken over by hackers in protest but soon revived after stirring up commotion.
The U.S. Justice Department has accused founder of Megaupload, Kim DotCom, 37, along with six other people, of operating a huge criminal enterprise as part of his cyberlocker service Megaupload, which over the past several years has emerged as one of the most popular destinations for online video. Federal officials say DotCom and his alleged accomplices pocketed millions of dollars in loot and cost the film industry more than $600 million in damages.
Their lawyer dismissed the government's attempt to file criminal charges against his clients.
"Many of the allegations made are similar to those in the copyright case filed against YouTube and that was a civil case....and YouTube won."Still police raided Kim's home removing and seizing 18 vehicles, including a vintage pink Cadillac, a Lamborghini, a 2010 Maserati, and 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom. Ironically... some of his plates read things like, "Mafia Hacker," "Stoned," and "Guilty." Go figure.
But Kim didn't go without a fight. When police came to his door, he tried to evade arrest, according to authorities.
"Despite our staff clearly identifying themselves, Mr Dotcom retreated into the house and activated a number of electronic locking mechanisms,"Detective Inspector Grant Wormald said in a report,
"While police neutralized these locks he then further barricaded himself into a safe room within the house which officers had to cut their way into."
They said they found Kim with a shotgun by his side but he was arrested without further incident.