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Monday, January 30, 2012

Internet Giants Linked to MegaUpload Under FBI Scope

There have been a lot of publications released related to MegaUpload lately, but this is normal given that it was actually the fall of a giant, which doesn’t happen very often. Now the reports started to mention names of the other online giants that were connected with the cyberlocker in some way. All of them are now also involved into the FBI investigation.

Indeed, the sudden death of MegaUpload has dragged a lot of names under FBI’s scope, including Kim Dotcom (the founder of the service), MegaUpload’s CEO Swizz Beatz (famous rapper and music producer), and a number of other people from all over the globe: Germany, Finland, Slovakia, and Estonia. But this time, MegaUpload’s indictment involved such online giants as PayPal and Moneybookers, and not only them. It appeared that the FBI was interested in another big name in the gaming section related to the closed service.

According to the indictment, PartyGaming, the Internet gaming giant, had already paid over $3 million to the cyberlocker since 2009. One can read under the section “3rd parties” that PartyGaming PLC is an entity located in the United Kingdom, which has operated PartyPoker.com service since 2001. The latter accounts for over 3 million visitors every year and remains one of the largest poker rooms on the Internet. The advertising contract of PartyGaming, concluded with the members of Mega Conspiracy, had been initiated in November 2009. This contract has resulted in payments of over $3,000,000 to the Conspiracy and has been still active as recently as March 2011. The same sections mention a couple of another famous money transferring services: Moneybookers and PayPal.

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