Thursday, February 02, 2012

Ukrainian file-sharing site shut down

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Megaupload isn't the only file-sharing site finding itself in the crosshairs these days — Ukrainian site was shut down by the police yesterday for violations of copyright and related rights. The police raided's office space (pictured above), removing a variety of computers and two hundred severs which containing about 6,000 terabytes of data. While plenty of gear was seized, there's no word yet on how many people were arrested and will face prosecution. was identified by the RIAA in late 2010 as the largest file-swapping service in the Ukraine, and the site reportedly accounted for 15 to 25 percent of all Ukrainian internet traffic.

The site has apparently been under investigation for over six months now, and there's some indications that major software vendors like Adobe, Microsoft, and Graphisoft had requested this shutdown. However, a spokesperson from Microsoft Ukraine denied initiating this takedown, but also acknowledged that the raid wasn't surprising, as was well-known as one of the largest pirating sites worldwide. It appears Ukraine's hacking population isn't taking this kindly — in the hours since went down, the official site of the President of the Ukraine has been unreachable, possible due to a coordinated attack on the site.