As Gabon seizes Kim Dotcom’s domain, hackers take control of and offer to sell it to Universal

As Gabon seizes Kim Dotcom’s domain, hackers take control of and offer to sell it to Universal ...

Six days after Kim Dotcom announced his new domain for the forthcoming Megaupload reboot, scheduled to launch next January, the Gabon government has thrown a major spanner in the works by announcing it will suspend the domain as the country doesn’t want to be associated with pirates.

“I have instructed my departments to immediately suspend the site,” announced Gabon’s Communication Minister Blaise Louembe. “Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people.”

Kim Dotcom responded with this tweet:

As TorrentFreak reports, the Vivendi references follows a previous Numerama article which highlighted the fact that the top-level domain (TLD) of Gabon is administered by Gabon Telecom, a subsidiary of the Vivendi entertainment group, which clearly wouldn’t be too keen on Dotcom’s future plans for his new ‘service’. But not one to get too downbeat about it, Dotcom is planning a new domain:


However, the whole sorry episode has taken a turn. The domain has seemingly been appropriated by a group of hackers, calling itself Omega. I actually can’t access the domain directly from the UK, as it’s seemingly blocked by my ISP and doesn’t recognize it, but others are seeing this domain redirect to Omega’s Twitter account, which in turn links to a new domain, which at the time of writing doesn’t hold much in the way of content.

And in one of its early tweets, it acknowledges that it has commandeered the original domain for its own ends:


TorrentFreak has gotten hold of some comments from those behind it, however, and it seems this latest development isn’t the handiwork of Dotcom or an entourage.

“We’re pure in a diogenist way, we’re the true pirates, the true anarchists. Kim Dotcom is only taking advantage of us all, he is a megalomaniac with lawyers here to take advantage of us all, the nobodies, the artists he wants to profit from. Kim Dotcom is not better nor worse than Universal. He himself is an industry, only here to pollute.

Of course we will entertain offers from @KimDotcom’s enemies in the millions of dollars (or bitcoins) for the domain.

Shall @UMG [Universal Music] buy the domain name we will donate not 1% but 10% of the proceeds to FOJEGA the Forum des Jeunes du Gabon [Gabon Youth Forum].”

So, this is an interesting turn of events for sure. If was successfully seized by the Gabon government, will it move to gain control of it again?

The original Megaupload attracted as many as 50 million daily visitors before it was shut down by authorities earlier this year. The takedown was timed to coincide with Dotcom’s arrest from his home in New Zealand. That raid was later ruled invalid and the country’s government is now investigating allegations of unlawful spying by its Government Communications Security Bureau.

Back in August, Dotcom offered developers early access to the API. He is also at work on Megabox, a music service that he had promised would turn up by the end of the year. Teaser videos for the service hit YouTube in September.

For now, it remains to be seen what will happen to Dotcom’s download site plans.

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