Did New Zealand Use NSA to Spy on Kim Dotcom?
Agency's technology may be used for 'bread-and-butter law enforcement': journalist
By Matt Cantor, Newser User | Suggested by tran_tor
Posted Aug 26, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom speaks during the Intelligence and Security select committee hearing at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.   (AP PhotoNew Zealand Herald, Mark Mitchell)

(Newser) – New Zealand has previously acknowledged surveillance of Kim Dotcom, the man behind file-sharing site Megaupload—and a new assessment suggests that NSA systems may have helped. The investigation, initially posted by New Zealand journalist Keith Ng and reviewed at Ars Technica, relates to the country's Government Communications Security Bureau, its version of the NSA. Ng finds that the GCSB was using technology related to "Five Eyes," a system for sharing data between the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Dotcom tells Ars that "all Five Eyes partners have access (to NSA systems), including GCSB ... Everything goes into the US-based spy cloud. Including all the surveillance they have done on me." The upshot, per Ng: "GCSB assistance is NSA assistance," and "government agencies can tap into these powers as part of bread-and-butter law enforcement." In other words, Ars notes, it seems possible that NSA capabilities could be used outside of the military and counterintelligence applications the agency calls its mission. But some experts, including Dotcom's lawyer, caution against jumping to conclusions; Ars Technica has more.

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Aug 28, 2013 3:44 AM CDT
Well the FBI Did Not hurt him too bad He has Lunched another file sharing site and The FBI or anyone cant bust him. The Cloud technology that we have now They cant track filesharing it hidden only the user can control and it not based inside the USA He has American music stars and the American Record label MCA/Universal promoting Megaupload and will testify in his behalf
Aug 26, 2013 8:50 PM CDT
Dorcom is greedy F.....who'll get his.
Aug 26, 2013 8:13 PM CDT
MU was ok while it lasted. I used to have one machine just for games and playing around like I'm doing now. I would download all kinds of crap on it and usually ran AVG, etc. Was sad to see these shut down. Got just about anything I ever wanted.