Internet Sociology: MegaUpload Crime Boss
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So, recently FBI bursted the file sharing site MegaUpload. Here's some juicy info i gathered.
- The site is the world's 72th most busy site, as ranked by traffic by Alexa.com.
- It's founder is Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz; b1974), with past criminal records. With crimes such as hacking, insider trading, embezzlement.
Here's a 6 min video intro.
Kim Dotcom Mansion at Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand
Here's the mansion he lives in. The mansion is Worth $24 million.
According to time.com: «$12,000: The alleged cost per day of the Hong Kong luxury hotel room hosting Megaupload's main office.»
Some excerpts from Wikipedia:
In 2001, Schmitz purchased $375,000 worth of shares of the nearly bankrupt company LetsBuyIt.com and subsequently announced his intention to invest EUR 50 million in the company. Unknown to others, Schmitz did not have the funds available to invest, although the announcement caused the share value of LetsBuyIt.com to jump by nearly 300%. Schmitz quickly sold the shares and profited $1.5 million as a result.
On 21 March 2005, Schmitz founded Megaupload Limited, a Hong Kong-based file hosting and sharing business that eventually became the 13th most popular site on the internet with over 150 employees, US $175 million revenues, 50 million visitors daily, and estimated to be responsible at its peak for 4% of all internet traffic.
- Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom, By the Numbers (2012-01-21) By Nick Carbone. @ Source newsfeed.time.com
- Google cut off Megaupload's ad money voluntarily back in 2007 (2012-01-20) By Nate Anderson. @ Source arstechnica.com
- File-sharing kingpin arrested in New Zealand at US request (2012-01-20) @ Source m.nbr.co.nz
- Kim Schmitz