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Megaupload victims get exploited by criminals

Fake settlement letters sent out
Thu Mar 22 2012, 11:19

INNOCENT MEGAUPLOAD USERS who are already locked out of their accounts are now being targeted with fake legal shakedown letters.

The letters appear to come from a law firm, says Torrentfreak, that claims to be acting on behalf of movie and music firms Sony, EMI, Universal and Paramount and offers recipients a "no good, must miss" opportunity to settle out of court.

We have seen these shakedowns before, but they have had more legitimacy, if you could say that. At least they did, in the case of ACS:Law, come from an actual law firm.

In this case they do not. A fake law firm called "Dr. Kroner & Kollegen" is behind the letters, and as far as we can work out it does not have a web site. A Google search just returns a lot of results with the word 'fake' attached, though.

The letters could scare some people who think that they might have downloaded copyright protected material, so of course, we recommend that you keep an eye out for them.

Clues are in the missives, and Torrentfreak said that they do not include the sorts of things that you would expect in such letters.

They use fake IP addresses and timestamps, do not mention the titles of any allegedly misappropriated media content, and ask that payments be sent to Slovakia. µ


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