Kim Dotcom: U.S. Military Had 15,634 Accounts on Megaupload

March 26, 2012 -

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom claims that the United States Military had 15,634 accounts on its file sharing and storage services prior to the U.S. government taking down the site and having its founders arrested in various countries.

Speaking at length with TorrentFreak, he provided the site with a bunch of information about the U.S. government's use of the server. It seems odd that the U.S. government would have so many accounts on a service whose sole purpose (according to those going up against it) was to infringe on other people's copyrighted works.

The data released to TorrentFreak also reveals that various U.S. government agencies has accounts at the site. Domains including dhs.gov, doe.gov, fbi.gov, hhs.gov, nasa.gov, senate.gov, treas.gov, and uscourts.gov has accounts totaling 1058. Around 344 users of those accounts paid for premium access.

A total of 15,634 accounts from military domains - af.mil, army.mil, centcom.mil, navy.mil and osd.mil were also recorded. Of these 10,223 people paid for a premium Megaupload account. These accounts uploaded 340,983 files or 96,507,779 MB.

TorrentFreak and Dotcom do not allege at all that these accounts engaged in infringement activity, but it does point to the fact that the site had more of a purpose than being a hub for file-sharing. It is certainly something that the U.S. government is going to have to address in court at some point...

Source: TorrentFreak


Comments

Re: Kim Dotcom: U.S. Military Had 15,634 Accounts on Megaupload

Typical of the Government.

They have NO regard for the rule of law. They allow their employees to do whatever they want, but when it comes around to the 'public' - bend over!

I wonder how many accounts employees at the DOJ had on there.

Re: Kim Dotcom: U.S. Military Had 15,634 Accounts on Megaupload

The military and government have the same problem many workplaces have of people screwing off on the computers instead of working. The fact that the accounts were accessed from those domains doesn't establish that they were for operational purposes (and from what has been posted elsewhere, if they were that may constitute a major breach of data storage and transmission policies in some of those organizations), and even if Dotcom can prove that, he won't, because he's opening a huge can of worms about the privacy he touted so loudly not long ago.

While I'm at it, we need to stop putting up strawmen. The claim is not that the sole purpose of the site is infringement. It's that a substantial purpose of it is. The same claim as the Napster decision - legitimate uses exist but actual use was substantially not.

Likewise, even if these services were used for operational purposes, that has no bearing on a possible case against the site. They used Windows computers to do paperwork in the Microsoft Antitrust case, I'm sure somebody involved in the Firestone investigation had them on his car. Doing business with the government isn't immunity.

In fact, it's the opposite. Had the government chosen to ignore claims against Megaupload because parts of the government were using the service and pursuing the claims could impact their operation, THAT would be corruption.

Re: Kim Dotcom: U.S. Military Had 15,634 Accounts on Megaupload

so? they do realize that the majority of the military is still just average people with average lives.

its like not expecting to hear of people getting the boot from the military for drugs, and frankly that happens far to often to be news worthy.

now if they could tag these people as being high ranking officials in the pentagon, THEN i'd be impressed.

 

 
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