Megaupload Founder Hid From Police Inside Panic Room
When New Zealand based Megaupload was shut down this week it sparked outrage from the likes of hacktivist group Anonymous but the real trouble lay with website founder “Kim Dotcom” who had his home raied by New Zealand police shortly after the website closure.
According to officials Dotcom, real name Kim Schmitz, “retreated into the house and activated a number of electronic locking mechanisms.”
Eventually the Megaupload CEO made his way into a barricaded panic room and police officials had to cut their way in.
Once inside the panic room they found the 37-year-old video and software pirate next to what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun.
When speaking to AFP the police chief in charge of the operation noted:
“It was definitely not as simple as knocking at the front door.”
Police then proceeded to seize various items from the home including a pink Cadillac. They also froze out nearly $8.8 million in assets from bank accounts belonging to the Megaupload founder.
Seen as a flight risk because of his actions at his home Dotcom and three Megaupload employees were denied bail.
New Zealand police raided the millionaires compound on behalf of US Authorities who are now looking to extradite Dotcom and his Megaupload crew for piracy charges in the United States.
As of now Megaupload has been shut down by the US Government on very valid charges of piracy. Anyone who has ever used the website knows how easy it was to watch pirated TV shows and movies and download various software files with included serial numbers and hacks.
Do you believe the US government acted outside it’s jurisdiction in having Kim Dotcom brought to justice for offenses created by Megaupload?