The Fall of a File Sharing Giant: For Megaupload, SOPA Might As Well Have Passed - Page 2
The fall of Megaupload and her founders precipitated a cyber-attack by the uber-group of hackers known as “Anonymous”, which cyber-assaulted the websites of the Justice Department, FBI and prominent music industry stalwarts. This brings to light some possibilities that might not have been considered during the drafting of the SOPA bill; how will the Internet respond in the hours afterward, should such a bill be ratified? Will the world see its first true cyber-war? Would the broad brush-stroke of SOPA have its bristles pulled by a vigorous response from “the people?” After all, if there’s any war that the common man could even hope to win against a government, it’s probably one of the cyber-variety, since the widely-available computer is the main weapon.
Perhaps Megaupload will find a way to come back online, if her defense that she was merely providing online storage holds up in court. Not likely; not only has their high-powered U.S. lawyer withdrawn from the case, but the FBI supposedly has proof of the illegal activities in which her founder had steeped her; and, given Kim Dotcom’s history of similar offenses involving misuse of public trust and money – insider-trading convictions, hacking convictions, etc – it doesn’t seem like this is one fire from which his ashes will be able to rise.