In an interesting turn of events on the Kim Dotcom-MegaUpload case, it seems that many U.S. military and other government personnel had accounts with that website.
According to the website, torrentfreak.com, Kim Dotcom has now revealed that around 15,000 members of the U.S. Military and also many other government officials held accounts with MegaUpload.
The website was a "digital locker" which allowed users to upload, store and stream for downloading large files that would be difficult to send by email. MegaUpload was shut down by the Department of Justice in January on several charges, including conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and racketeering.
Digital Journal reported in January the arrest of Kim Dotcom in New Zealand over this alleged infringement. He was one of seven people arrested in connection with the website, and Dotcom has now disclosed just how popular the website was with military operatives and government personnel.
The list of registered members of MegaUpload included domains such af.mil, army.mil, centcom.mil, navy.mil and osd.mil etc, a total of 15,634 members. Of these members 10,223 people paid to upgrade to a premium Megaupload account and between them they uploaded 340,983 files – a total of about 94,000 gigabytes.
Not only members from the Senate, FBI, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security hold accounts, but it also now comes out that the U.S. military were using the website too.
There has been much concern by legitimate users of the website, who are insisting their uploaded data is returned to them. MegaUpload's legal team has been negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow users to download their data.
The company that leased some of the servers for the MegaUpload website, Carpathia Hosting, says it may have to delete the data shortly if the Department of Justice and MegaUpload do not reach an agreement.
While there is no suggestion the MegaUpload members involved in the military and government were using the service to infringe copyrights, the documents, photographs and videos stored with the website are now in danger of being deleted.