Kim Dotcom Is Almost Entirely Out of Chances to Avoid Being Extradited to the US

Kim Dotcom, the former founder of defunct file hosting service Megaupload and its successor Mega, just lost another court battle to avoid extradition to the US on charges of copyright infringement and fraud. Read More >>

This Doc About One of The Internet’s Biggest Pirates Actually Made Me Feel Sorry for the Guy

The man who created Megaupload got insanely rich via morally dubious means. So it’s pretty amazing that the new documentary about the German-born hacker-turned-millionaire generates any sympathy. But it does, by sketching out an easy-to-swallow narrative alleging that powerful corporate and government forces systematically set out to destroy his life. Read More >>

Megaupload 2.0 to Relaunch With Everyone’s Old Account Data

The file sharing behemoth that kicked off that weird period of the internet when everyone only talked about Kim Dotcom is about to return, with a rebooted Megaupload 2.0 coming back some time in early 2017 -- and it'll have all of the user account data of original users, too. Read More >>

Kim Dotcom Hints at January Return of Megaupload

Despite being embroiled in a number of serious lawsuits, Kim Dotcom has revealed that he’s working on a new file-sharing site that looks set to arrive at the start of next year. He teased the launch in a Twitter update last night: Read More >>

Download Utopia: A 17-Year-Old File-Sharing Program Is Still the Best Place to Find Obscure Music

The lifespan of software is a curious thing. Unless a program is deemed irreplaceable by an industry (like Photoshop), most die out or are succeeded by a better—or cheaper—option a few years later. Even games, outside of retro collectors’ items or unicorn hits (Diablo II), lose steam. After the downfall of Napster, Kazaa, Limewire and the rest of the early file-sharing clients, most people assumed that single source peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy programs—the kind where you download music or other files from exactly one user—died out. But one of them, Soulseek, weathered three of file-sharing’s mass extinctions, and has quietly remained one of the best sources of obscure music. Read More >>

Megaupload Creator Kim Dotcom Appeals US Extradition Ruling

After years of chasing, threatening, spying and raiding, the US may finally have their man. Kim Dotcom has been deemed eligible to be extradited to the US by a New Zealand court, where he faces up to 20 years behind bars on charges of racketeering and money laundering. Read More >>

MegaUpload’s Seized Domains are Now Linking To Malware

It hasn't been a superb week for the US authorities. Oh sure, there was the FIFA bust on Wednesday, but that occurred around about the same time that news emerged that the Pentagon inadvertently sent Anthrax spores to several labs. Now it turns out that the Feds may be somewhat responsible for slinging out porn and malware. Sound weird? You have no idea... Read More >>

Megaupload Case Has Just Bagged its First Conviction

The US government’s ongoing case against Megaupload for copyright infringement has seen its first conviction. And it’s only taken three years… Read More >>

Kim Dotcom Good Times Album Review: What a Mess

Following news that Kim Dotcom has launched a new music-streaming service called Baboom, I had a listen to the only available album on the site, Good Times, written and produced by Mr. Dotcom himself. Read More >>

The Megaupload Takedown Killed at Least 10 Million Innocent Files

When Megaupload got taken down two years ago, it took a whole hell of a lot of data with it. And eventually it got obliterated. Some of it was pirate data, sure, but a lot was legit too. And new research shows that, at the very least, ten of million innocent files got the axe. Read More >>

A Whole Tonne of Megaupload Data Just Got Obliterated

If you had your heart set on getting back some of the data you had stored on Megaupload, now would be a good time to stop hoping. According to Kim Dotcom, petabytes of user data have already been deleted off old Megaupload servers. Thousands of pirated movies cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Read More >>

The FBI Has to Give Kim Dotcom His Hard Drives Back

The High Court of New Zealand just ruled that the FBI has to give slews of Kim Dotcom's digital property back to him. The agency—along with officials in New Zealand—screwed up pretty badly, indeed. Read More >>

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Kim Dotcom is Concerned Enough to Take 3D Printed Gun Plans Off Mega

In a statement to TechCrunch that was conspicuously devoid of live-tweeting, helicopter chases or any underwater components, Kim Dotcom announced that he has instructed the Mega staff to delete any public copies of the blueprints for this week's fully 3D-printable gun. Read More >>

Kim Dotcom Gets Permission to Sue Kiwi Secret Services

The absolute mess surrounding the prosecution of Kim Dotcom just got a little messier, with courts ruling that the former Megaupload boss can sue local spy agencies for illegally monitoring his communications. Read More >>

The Carcass Of Megaupload Still Gets Millions of Visitors a Month

It's been over a year since Megaupload was ripped from the fabric of the Internet, and its successor has already risen to fill the hole. But Megaupload was a truly gargantuan site. So much so that it's still getting millions of visitors per month, even though there's nothing there. Read More >>