Saturday, 14 May 2016

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File storage site Mega has been ordered to hand over IP address information to the Kazakhstan Government that could identify a user alleged to have uploaded more than 100,000 stolen documents to the service.

Hackers allegedly popped Kazakhstan networks last year, allegedly uploading the stolen documents to Mega's servers between August 2014 and April 2015.

Kazakh Government lawyer Daniel Kalderimis filed an order successfully requesting the High Court in Auckland to issue a subpoena requiring Mega to present documents and details on user accounts.
Human Rights Watch says Kazakhstan "heavily restricts freedom of assembly, speech, and religion" noting that in 2014 the state shuttered newspapers, jailed peaceful protesters, and fined worshipers of non-state religion.

Even with the account information Kazakhstan may not have the smoking gun evidence it needs against its targeted user; tech-savvy hackers and activists would commit a serious blunder should they have uploaded the alleged stolen documents to Mega without using at least one log-less belligerent virtual private network, or the Tor network.

That could mean the Kazakhstan Government would need to pursue many more avenues should it hope to get closer to its target.


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