Kim Dotcom, Founder Of Megaupload, Joked Of Hacker Past
Kim Dotcom, is said to have sent e-mails to neighbors joking that he could help them with insider trading and tax fraud. Kim Dotcom went on to point out he had since reformed and started Megaupload.
Two years ago, founder of Megaupload (a file-sharing site) Kim Dotcom joked in emails with his new neighbors in New Zealand about his his criminal past but then saying it was behind him and he was coming to the country with good intentions.
“I am a former hacker” who was once convicted of insider trading, he wrote, before going on to say “In all seriousness: My wife, two kids and myself love New Zealand and ‘We come in peace.’”
Dotcom’s emails came to light Wednesday, the same day a New Zealand judge denied him bail following his arrest on U.S. accusations of copyright infringement and a U.S. official confirmed the arrest of a fifth member of his company.
Judge David McNaughton in Auckland denied Dotcom bail pending a hearing Feb. 22 on his possible extradition to face trial in the United States, saying Dotcom poses a flight risk. Kim Dotcom, says he is innocent and poses no flight risk.
New Zealand police also arrested three other Megaupload employees last week on U.S. accusations they facilitated millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content, costing the copyright holders $500 million in lost revenue.
Dotcom sent emails to His neighbors wife, France Komoroski and other neighbors, joking that “a criminal neighbor like me” could help them with insider stock tips and tax fraud. But then got serious.
“Fifteen years ago I was a hacker and 10 years ago I was convicted for insider trading,” he wrote. “Hardly the kind of crimes you need to start a witch hunt for. Since then I have been a good boy, my criminal records have been cleared, and I created a successful Internet company that employs 100+ people.”
Dotcom first developed his reputation as a hacker in Germany, where he was born KimSchmitz.
Later, in 2002, he received a 20-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of manipulating stock prices to earn himself $1.1 million.
Kim Dotcom also was in the spotlight after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 when he offered a $10 million reward on his website for information leading to the capture of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
U.S. authorities have charged seven men in the conspiracy case and are still seeking the arrest of two more men.
Authorities in the U.S. are seeking to extradite the four men arrested in New Zealand and are also expected to seek Nomm’s extradition.
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