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Kim Dotcom has been denied bail in a New Zealand court, and remanded in custody until February 22. The reserved decision by district court judge David McNaughton has now been released. Bail applications for his co-accused in New Zealand – Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk – will be heard later today. Dotcom was …

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Facepalm

Law enforcement agents really are switched on

His helicopters could be used to escape, by means of flying away? Who knew?

At least I can sleep easy tonight safe in the knowledge they will be looking on his servers for files, not in his sock drawer.

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Anonymous Coward

The guy had freaking helicopters? All that from running a file sharing site (and being the top Modern Warfare 2 player)?

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Can't fault NZ courts

The guy has a history of evasive manoeuvre when faced with the consequences of his actions. One of his convictions in Germany resulted from his arrest while /en route/ for his hideaway in Hong Kong.

(as for the source of his fortune: in addition to the big bucks he made with Mega-* companies, he was once boasting about being able to make millions by selling technobabble to clueless, greedy investors (for which I, for one, can't blame him).

He also invested a lot of time and some money in insider stock trading scams, he's been convicted for one, I can't help but think there might have been a few with which he got away. So, yes, helicopters, why not.

Plus, with the help of his army of l33t h4xx0rz, he allegedly rooted Bin Laden's bank.... (where's the sarcasm tag when you need it).

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Anonymous Coward

So basically they nailed him for being a sleazy dirtbag, fiddling money out of gullible pillocks but it just so happens he also owned a huge file sharing site so they're playing up the "media piracy" angle to frighten people after the defeat of the first round of SOPA.

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@AC

>>"So basically they nailed him for being a sleazy dirtbag, fiddling money out of gullible pillocks but it just so happens he also owned a huge file sharing site so they're playing up the "media piracy" angle to frighten people after the defeat of the first round of SOPA."

What on earth are are you talking about?

'They' didn't nail him for being a sleazy dirtbag *because he was making money out of filesharing*.

'They' nailed him for insider trading because that's what he was doing, *long before he even set up Megaupload*.

Or do you think 'they' had some kind of time machine, and were persecuting him pre-emptively?

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@David Wilson

I don't understand. I thought the charges against him, and on which he was arrested, were for copyright violation. He may have insider traded and/or scammed people, but the charges were copyright violation. Of course, now they've got him, they can add whatever they like. Strange thing is, if he was charged with insider trading, scamming people etc., nobody would say a thing and he could be extradited easily from NZ. It also says something about the authorities that whilst they're claiming all sorts of things against him, they basically couldn't be bothered chasing him down till he violated copyright. Says something about society and the people we have 'protecting' us!!

Abuse people (scamming etc.), don't bother pursuing. Breach copyright (primarily a business issue), chase them to the ends of the earth. Something is seriously wrong with the world.

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@Mad Mike

>>"I don't understand."

Well in that case, read my post, and the one I was obviously replying to.

It seems pretty clear that the 'nailed him for fiddling money out of gullible pillocks' comment was referring to his old prior convictions, yet the AC was attempting to somehow link that to what he started doing years after he was convicted, which makes no sense.

Which is why I said it made no sense.

>>"It also says something about the authorities that whilst they're claiming all sorts of things against him, they basically couldn't be bothered chasing him down till he violated copyright. Says something about society and the people we have 'protecting' us!!"

It certainly something about *you* that you *still* don't seem to understand that the comments are about prior convictions, not claims of past crimes that no-one bothered pursuing him for.

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@David WIlson

My misinterpretation of your (and others) postings. Not quite sure why you need to add asterisks around some words ('you' and 'still') when a simple explanation and clarification is all that's required. I'm sure you get the wrong end of the stick sometimes.

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Sorry if it seemed like an overreaction.

Time-limited forums with plain text aren't always the easiest things to hit the right note on.

Sure, I get things wrong, just like anyone else does.

Though if I'd pointed a finger at 'society' or 'the world' for doing something it hadn't done, I might expect a finger to get pointed back at me in a similar fashion.

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Anonymous Coward

Hmmmm

5667 Miles Auckland to Hong Kong

6511 Miles Auckland to Los Angeles

By helicopter a great escape movie either way

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RE:Hmmmm

"By helicopter a great escape movie either way"

You nailed it! You've earned a beer :)

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Devil

In not granting bail, consider the amount of damage this guy might do if released

Does he have access somewhere to stolen access data/financial data/ID data/etc. that he is waiting to distribute or would have kept for some later nefarious project or as an "poison pill" in case he was ever captured?

A bank robber you can release on bail and put an ankle bracelet on him that lets you know if he leaves home or goes near well-known banks. A hacker/ID thief on bail only needs a tablet to potentially start moving around dangerous data or perhaps try to cover his tracks electronically.

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Paris Hilton

You kiddin', right?

> Does he have access somewhere to stolen access data/financial data/ID data/etc. that he is waiting to distribute or would have kept for some later nefarious project or as an "poison pill" in case he was ever captured?

The guy couldn't hack his way out of a wet paper bag.

And anyway, if he was any good, do you _seriously_ think that he wouldn't have designed a "dead man" system which would make NOT releasing him much, much worst?

Dem computers can be complicated at times, for marketting hacks...

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On second thought...

I think my response was too harsh. After all, you're right, all a guy like Tim DoTcom needs is a tablet to start covering his tracks electronically, and release credit card details, and he might gain control of some nucular missile silos, too. All from that tablet. If you look at history, the ancient egyptians started writing on tablets, too. Well, where are they now? Extinct, that's where they are. I think we should ban tablets, there is ample evidence that tablets bring doom. DOOOM!

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Megaphone

I remember hearing about this bloke on German news about 10 years ago. He was described as a top hacker, and while I couldn't program a VCR, just listening to an interview with him made me realise he knows less about programming than I do, but is apparently a marketing genius.

Also seemed like an annoying twat, which I suppose is his lifelong occupation.

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Pirate

Flight risk hey?

So exactly where could Mr Dotcom fly to with his said helicopters? The ferry range of the average helicopter that a fella like him would own wouldn't get him to another country given NZs relative isolatoin in a pink fit (given it's about 2000km to Oz!).

Or is the risk that he would fly to his hidden Dr Evilesque island to escape and continue his darstardly plan to destroy the confederation of the world's cash cow loving luddites?

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Joke

With a name like that ...

I would have thought he'd claim diplomatic immunity and ask for help from North Korea

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Black Helicopters

By helicopter?

Where can he fly to from NZ by helicopter?

Does he have a secret base on a Pacific island?

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First the illegal arrast, then the illegal bail denial.

Who knoew? New Zealand is NOW PART OF THE UNITED STATES!

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Anonymous Coward

@New Zealand is NOW PART OF THE UNITED STATES!

Yeap! That 's why the FBI was there for the arrest.

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WTF?

Does seem rather strong.

Not sure exactly what the bail situation is in NZ, but if it's anything like that in the UK, this is a pretty laughable really. All sorts of people get bail, including people awaiting trial for murder!! Slap a tag on them and release them seems to be the response these days.

Mind you, be accused of breaking or aiding the breaking of copyright laws and they'll throw the book at you. Can't possibly risk him getting away. If his helicopters are such a risk, presumably it's not beyond the wit of your average NZ plod to disable them? Or keep them locked up somewhere? Maybe seize his passport? Maybe put his photo at all entry/exit ports?

Really. Considering some of the really dangerous people walking the streets normally, this is a gross overreaction.

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Pirate

Not a local crim

The thing is, he isn't a Kiwi. Don't know his immigration status, but even if he has citizenship, unreported criminal activity could void that quickly. The NZ courts have a good record of dealing with Kiwi's found hacking US assets. One judge even described the claimed damage done as 'frankly laughable'.

In contrast to the UK's failure to prosecute people like Gary McKinnon, NZ does quite well by it's people. Mr Dotcom however is a German immigrant. Why he thought NZ would be a good base of operations to host terrorist instruction videos and kiddy porn I'm not sure. It'll be the kiddy porn that would do for him.

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Gimp

First

First in a post to mention kiddi porn and terrorism.

Is there a prize for that?

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Bail is set not merely upon one's desire to flee,

but also upon one's ability to flee. Cash, and investments in precious metals (gold, silver, lead, copper, and particularly certain variants of lead combined with copper) are good means by which escape can be managed. Especially when paired with helicopters and sharks with laser beams.

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@Tom 13

But where is he going to flee to? America will simply bully them into extraditing him. I bet it's actually some idiot politician in the US who has clock his name as Kim xxxxxxx and assumes he's found a relative of the leader of North Korea. Not that they know where North Korea is mind. Or, anything outside the borders of the US.

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@Muscleguy

>>"Why he thought NZ would be a good base of operations to host terrorist instruction videos and kiddy porn I'm not sure. "

What?

I thought that one of the claims in the indictment was that Megaupload actually *did* take active steps to keep that kind of stuff *off* their systems.

Steps that they [allegedly] failed to take regarding copyright-infringing content.

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Meh

Ha - Kim Schmitz....

You know I didn't pay too much attention other than the initial Megaupload kerfuffle...then I saw this Name, Kim Dotcom and then I thought, "It couldn't be!".

I read about him years ago on attrition. He was entertaining then, to say the least.

http://attrition.org/errata/charlatan/kimble/

Whereas he may not know his bash from his xbox, he certainly can social engineer people who are of a certain bent.

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Holmes

I am sure he will get a talk show next.

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Anonymous Coward

He could, he is still alive, unlike Bilal el-Berjawi and many other victims of American terrorism...

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