Super producer Swizz Beatz may have gotten himself in some legal BS behind the popular file-sharing website Megaupload where he is named as CEO. The site was SHUT DOWN Thursday (Jan. 19th) in a federal sting targeting illegal downloads.
Federal prosecutors pulled the plug on Hong Kong-based Megaupload.com, arrested four execs in New Zealand and unsealed an indictment charging seven people with content piracy causing losses of a half a billion dollars.
The indictment prompted hackers to seek immediate cyber revenge, with the shadowy Anonymous group claiming it crippled the Department of Justice website.
The government site was inaccessible for hours Thursday and a DOJ spokeswoman seemed to confirm the attack.
“The Department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity, which is being treated as a malicious act until we can fully identify the root cause of the disruption,” said spokesman Laura Sweeney.
Several members of the company were arrested and charged with multiple racketeering and copyright infringement charges.
A federal indictment alleges that the site, which allows users to transfer large files, has generated more than $175 million in criminal proceed and costs copyright-holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated movies, albums and other materials.
Swizz Beatz, Megaupload’s CEO, was not charged in the indictment which was handed down on January 5, and as of now, it is unclear how the producer/rapper’s involvement with the company will play into the case. The Associated Press reported that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (also known as Kim Schmitz) was arrested Thursday in New Zealand along with three others.