Megaupload.com seized

Steven Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Thu Jan 19 20:09:31 CST 2012


On Jan 19, 2012, at 6:44 PM, james at smithwaysecurity.com wrote:

> You guys serous,  when did the order come in to sezie the domain?

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/why-the-feds-smashed-megaupload.ars
has a good analysis; also see http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204616504577171060611948408-lMyQjAxMTAyMDEwOTExNDkyWj.html
(which seems to be outside their paywall).

What differentiates this from many of the earlier domain name seizures is that
this is based on a grand jury indictment, not just an administrative decision
by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  It may be heavy-handed or questionable,
per the Ars Technica analysis, but as a matter of process it's about as good
as you'll get.


> 
> Sent from my HTC
> 
> ----- Reply message -----
> From: "Ryan Gelobter" <ryan.g at atwgpc.net>
> To: "NANOG" <nanog at nanog.org>
> Subject: Megaupload.com seized
> Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 6:41 pm
> 
> 
> The megaupload.com domain was seized today, has anyone noticed significant
> drops in network traffic as a result?
> 
> http://www.scribd.com/doc/78786408/Mega-Indictment
> http://techland.time.com/2012/01/19/feds-shut-down-megaupload-com-file-sharing-website/


		--Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb








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