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US takes down Megaupload, Anonymous takes down DOJ website

Popular file-sharing website Megaupload has been taken down by the US Justice Department (DOJ), and members of the Anonymous collective have apparently responded by taking down the DOJ’s own website.

Megaupload housed vast quantitites of data for customers, and had support from a number of celebrities. Although it was accused by some of housing copyright-infringing material, Megaupload always insisted that it was primarily used for legitimate purposes. Many users are now complaining that their legitimate back-ups have been seized.

Members of Anonymous have now taken action against the DOJ and other sites, and it seems that the takedown of Megaupload is going down particularly badly among the online community. The move comes just a day after the black-out protest against the current SOPA and PIPA legislation.

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