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Members of Military Had Over 15,000 MegaUpload Accounts

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 25 comments

Let's hope they weren't using those accounts to store anything important or sensitive.

Roughly a fortnight ago, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom revealed that there were many government employees among the file sharing site's users. Dotcom said that, while investigating a way to provide users with access to files stored on MegaUpload's servers, they discovered a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate. However, when you add the number of accounts from members of the U.S. military, that 'large number' gets even larger.

According to TorrentFreak, the government accounts are not limited to the Senate, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and NASA. Apparently roughly 15,600 members of the US Military were also using the service. Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak from domains including af.mil, army.mil, centcom.mil, navy.mil and osd.mil etc, a total of 15,634 users are registered with Megaupload and a whopping 10,223 of them paid for premium accounts. All told, they have uploaded 340,983 files for a total of 96,507,779 MB.

If MegaUpload is unsuccessful in its bid to allow users access to their files, those files (a little over 94,000 GB) could all be deleted and lost forever. The site's legal representation is working to give users access, but, at the same time, the hosting company storing it all is itching to be free from the $9000/day it's costing to hold onto the data and others, such as the MPAA, want the data retained for future suits. In short, no one knows what's happening to their data, 15,600 members of the military among them.

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    sinfulpotato , March 27, 2012 8:24 PM
    So the MPAA want to preserve the data to sue more people? Oh man, little Tommy next door better had not stored an image of his favorite music artist on mega upload.
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    osaeed88 , March 27, 2012 9:06 PM
    This is why you don't upload your personal information to other computers that you don't have control over!
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    Cazalan , March 27, 2012 11:47 PM
    The "Cloud" in all it's glory.
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    goodguy713 , March 27, 2012 8:09 PM
    wow wondeirng how much of that is porn... and or sensitive material..
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    Devoteicon , March 27, 2012 8:23 PM
    More the same...

    If they're not releasing peoples' file back to them then there's nothing new to report about this.
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    sinfulpotato , March 27, 2012 8:24 PM
    So the MPAA want to preserve the data to sue more people? Oh man, little Tommy next door better had not stored an image of his favorite music artist on mega upload.
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    spookyman , March 27, 2012 8:27 PM
    That is funny...
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    AznCracker , March 27, 2012 9:03 PM
    Oh the controversy!!!
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    osaeed88 , March 27, 2012 9:06 PM
    This is why you don't upload your personal information to other computers that you don't have control over!
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    A Bad Day , March 27, 2012 9:22 PM
    It' kinda amusing when one branch of a government blunders and pisses off other branches/departments/agencies.
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    dark_knight33 , March 27, 2012 10:16 PM
    Kami3kYea, how dare people use a file site as a back up!trolls, just not what they use to be.


    You use a back up site as a back up, not a file *sharing* hub site. I don't know about you, but I don't really want my backups to be shared. Either way, Osaeed88 is right. Just another example of how little you actually own your data.

    If funny, because MPAA/RIAA want's to control how you use their data (movies/music) even after you purchase it, but don't want you to have control of yours after you upload it someplace. Giving the MPAA/RIAA access to the stored data would be breaking the copyrights & privacy rights of the individuals who's pictures & documents are stored on Megaupload IMO, but I'm not a lawyer. All I know is, they aren't licensed to watch my home movies, and I want them to pay $1k per person per video that they illegally viewed, or I'm suing.
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    osaeed88 , March 27, 2012 10:24 PM
    dark_knight33You use a back up site as a back up, not a file *sharing* hub site. I don't know about you, but I don't really want my backups to be shared. Either way, Osaeed88 is right. Just another example of how little you actually own your data. If funny, because MPAA/RIAA want's to control how you use their data (movies/music) even after you purchase it, but don't want you to have control of yours after you upload it someplace. Giving the MPAA/RIAA access to the stored data would be breaking the copyrights & privacy rights of the individuals who's pictures & documents are stored on Megaupload IMO, but I'm not a lawyer. All I know is, they aren't licensed to watch my home movies, and I want them to pay $1k per person per video that they illegally viewed, or I'm suing.



    Couldn't have said it any better! By uploading data to some other pc other than yours, your basically exposing your personal information. Just think twice, would you rather save your data to another computer? I wouldn't. Just go buy a couple of TB's (when they go on sale) and save your information on there with trucrypt. You'll feel more safe and secure.
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    freggo , March 27, 2012 11:06 PM
    Any yet another article with questionable math...

    "94,000 GB"

    That's 92TB or about 46 2TB drives.
    At $50 a pop it would cost therefore about $2,500 to simple store them offline on those drives and not some $9,000/day. Something is obviously wrong with these numbers.

    Geez, is anyone proof reading this stuff ?


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    freggo , March 27, 2012 11:07 PM
    ok, follow up as we can not edit...

    A 2TB drive goes for some $100 these days (not $50).
    So we are looking at about $4600 for the drives. Still less than ever a single day's 'hosting'.
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    jalek , March 27, 2012 11:18 PM
    Too many lawyers, all looking for their retirement check in everything.
    RIAA attorneys would sue for a video of someone singing along to music they didn't have a mechanical license for, even if the video were password protected and never downloaded.

    And the birds... I've seen parrots on video singing songs, and I'm pretty certain those birds haven't purchased performance licenses.
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    alidan , March 27, 2012 11:33 PM
    dark_knight33You use a back up site as a back up, not a file *sharing* hub site. I don't know about you, but I don't really want my backups to be shared. Either way, Osaeed88 is right. Just another example of how little you actually own your data. If funny, because MPAA/RIAA want's to control how you use their data (movies/music) even after you purchase it, but don't want you to have control of yours after you upload it someplace. Giving the MPAA/RIAA access to the stored data would be breaking the copyrights & privacy rights of the individuals who's pictures & documents are stored on Megaupload IMO, but I'm not a lawyer. All I know is, they aren't licensed to watch my home movies, and I want them to pay $1k per person per video that they illegally viewed, or I'm suing.


    the mpaa current rate is 164000$ per video per person, if i remember correctly.
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    Cazalan , March 27, 2012 11:47 PM
    The "Cloud" in all it's glory.
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    danwat1234 , March 28, 2012 12:15 AM
    goodguy713wow wondeirng how much of that is porn... and or sensitive material..

    Classified military porn?
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    Th_Redman , March 28, 2012 12:28 AM
    After ALL the REAL information that's available to us, NOT from the "bought and paid for" mass media such as TV, Radio, newsprint...but from internet sources, how anyone still believes that the people involved in any military, especially the U.S. military, isn't evil , thieves, crooks, murderers etc. ,are fools. But are they ever blessed by their communities for just being in the military... never discovering hoe evil this "Corporation" really is.
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    osaeed88 , March 28, 2012 12:32 AM
    CazalanThe "Cloud" in all it's glory.


    yea pretty much!
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    okibrian , March 28, 2012 1:37 AM
    Quote:
    Members of Military Had Over 15,000 MegaUpload Accounts

    OK, and the 850,000 or so were not, so what’s your point? This is a simple case of Dotcom is under heat and he’s trying to shift attention to others. Stay on point! Who cares if a young military guy (or girl) saves his porn there or not! I know I could not give a shit less.
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    Astara , March 28, 2012 1:53 AM
    I had a life time paid account on Mega upload, and was using to download /exchange game mods in Oblivion that were too large to be hosted on the game mod site tes.nexus.com. There's nothing illegal or shady about it. Yet some game mods held on that site are available no where else -- looks like torrents are alot safer place to keep data... can survive there for months, easily or longer if popular and no central listing site to take down with the new protocols. Screw our bought and purchased 'justice' department. May they rot in hell with their MPAA bosses, and the the congress critters they bought who didn't vote against the recent attempts by the MPAA to push their written legislaation into law on the people....That their spokesman had the nerve to go on Fox and threaten them with having their funding cut off -- supposed 'donations'/'contributions'... but obviously not considered that by the industry!..

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    rumandcoke , March 28, 2012 4:47 AM
    If i owned the hosting site I'd give the govt 1 week to pay me for the next 5 year's worth of storage at 25,000 per day including fees... or i'd say FU and pop a DBAN
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