#opmegaupload, the beginning of the biggest cyberwar?

Posted on January 20, 2012



The U.S. Department of Justice shut down Mega* websites including MegaUpload and MegaVideo, leaders in online storage and video streaming, during an investigation into alleged copyright infringement (the Indictment Papers for the MegaUpload lawsuit can be read here). In total, 7 people have been arrested including the CEO Kim Dotcom. Therefore, not much hope remains for the return of the Mega* websites. MegaUpload (and branch websites) were responsible for 4% of all of the internet traffic. This is why the MegaUpload shutdown will have a major impact on the internet habits.

Since the report of this news, a new hashtag got more and more used on Twitter: #opmegaupload, the operation MegaUpload led by the hacker group Anonymous which tackled more than 20 websites via DDOS attacks such as the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and RIAA.

The movie and music industry show assert their power of decision by shutting down one of the biggest websites, gathering about 150 million registered users. This unanimous revolt and attack reveals the great power of Internet. The piracy issue does not come from MegaUpload. Another website will most likely use this opportunity to take it’s place. No, it comes from the business model that movie and music industries use is wrong and totally inadequate in correlation to today’s society.
Instead of fighting against websites that provide files, they should redraw their business model so as to accommodate the desires and habbits of the people. They think they are going to win this war; they will soon see what the Internet is capable of.

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