It’s been a rough week in the roller coaster ride that Kim Dotcom calls life. The filesharing mogul plans to launch Me.ga, the next generation of the ill-fated Megaupload, in January. But TorrentFreak reports that Mr. Dotcom is now facing two new antagonists: The government of Gabon and a pack of hackers.
Gabon’s opposition is fairly straightforward: “Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people,” said the country’s communication minister, explaining his decision to suspend the domain.
It’s safe to assume the U.S. role in the Megaupload fiasco was somewhere in the back of his mind.
That’s not the only trouble with the domain, however. It seems it’s been seized by a group of hackers calling themselves Omega, who told TorrentFreak:
“We’re pure in a diogenist way, we’re the true pirates, the true anarchists,” Omega told us. “Kim Dotcom is only taking advantage of us all, he is a megalomaniac with lawyers here to take advantage of us all, the nobodies, the artists he wants to profit from.”
They claim to be entertaining offers from all potential buyers, including Dotcom’s arch-rivals in the entertainment industry.
We’re starting to wonder whether this is all some sort of viral marketing campaign for the oeuvre of William Gibson.