6 petabytes of illegal content discovered at Ukrainian equivalent of Megaupload

first_imgWhen Megaupload was taken offline, it sent a shockwave across the web and other file-sharing services. Some services reacted with concern about the way in which Megaupload had been taken offline, others shut down the file-sharing feature of their network completely. But it looks as though the raid undertaken in New Zealand has spurred other governments into action.It is being reported that another huge file-sharing service has been forced offline in the Ukraine. The service is called Ex.ua, and I’d be surprised if you’d actually heard of it. But in the Ukraine it was massive, and accounted for between 16-36% of all Internet traffic in the country at any one time. A raid was carried out on the offices of Ex.au by the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. They seized over 200 servers on which they found stored more than 6 petabytes (6,000 terabytes) of illegal content. Apparently, there were 16 people working at the office who we now have to assume are facing prosecution. The reason for the raid was complaints made by companies including Adobe, Microsoft, and Graphisoft in relation to copyright infringement. An investigation was launched and lasted six months before action was taken. Was it just coincidence the raid occurred shortly after Megaupload hit the news?Ukrainian ISPs will surely be seeing a significant fall in network traffic for the next few days, but that could be short lived. Megaupload users have gone elsewhere for their file-sharing, and the same is probably going to be true of Ex.au users. If alternative services exist in the country, they should expect an influx of traffic. But should they also expect a raid by Internal Affairs?More at TNW and BBC News (translated)last_img

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