Greg Sandoval and Declan McCullagh report:
One of the most curious aspects of the U.S. government’s case against MegaUpload is the large number of the company’s internal communications acquired by the FBI.
In one exchange, MegaUpload managers fretted via Skype IM chat in 2007 that founder Kim Dotcom wasn’t “safe with his money” and “the current situation is a bit risky,” according to documents U.S. authorities filed with a New Zealand court this month as part of their criminal pursuit of the embattled cyberlocker service.
While it’s still not clear how federal investigators gained access to the conversations of founder Kim Dotcom and other top managers, there are hints that the FBI managed to place government-issued spyware on the defendants’ computers.
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