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19 January 2012 @ 07:06 pm
So, yes Before lunchtime today, someone in the office made a joke about the FBI agents in the lobby of our building. Then, it turned out that wasn't a joke. There was a bunch of FBI agents in our lobby. My suspicion was something was happening at one of the fancy hotels across the street. I mean, it is Georgetown, after all. But no.

One of them came upstairs, let us know that they would like us to stay in our room while they briefed the people on the other floors. And then they would brief us. We had a couple agents posted outside the door to our room. After, like, an hour, someone came to talk to us, and explained they were executing a search warrant on one of our customers, and if any of us dealt with said customer, they would like to speak to us. Our managers went to explain to them what we do and why we really couldn't help them, but we're happy to assist, etc.

The nice agents escort our manager to pick up our delivery lunch. Another agents escorts me downstairs to get coffee. They're very genial and joking the whole time. I pointed out how rundown the building is, she joked about their boss coffee machine at their office.

The rest of the afternoon is weird, what with the agents all over the place, but otherwise normal. I got an escort out of the building, and chatted for a minute with the local news reporter setting up a camera across from our building, gave them the number to call to get someone from our company to say 'no comment.' So weird.

Speaking of:
* "Popular file-sharing site Megaupload.com shut down; founder, others indicted on piracy charges"
* BBC: "Megaupload file-sharing site shut down"
* "Before shutdown, Megaupload ate up more corporate bandwidth than Dropbox"

Adrian: Eyeadrian232 on January 20th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
"The company listed Swizz Beatz, a musician who married [Alicia] Keys in 2010, as its CEO. He was not named in the indictment and declined to comment through a representative."

"Still at large [is] Julius Bencko, 35, a citizen and resident of Slovakia, the site’s graphic designer"

So they're going to arrest their graphic designer, but not their listed CEO?
PMMJ: Science!cheetahmaster on January 20th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Heh heh. I am hoping there's a reason for that. There's a lot to the story out there, as those news articles allude to. The timing is also highly suspect, but hey.
PMMJ: Propagandacheetahmaster on January 25th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
So I have yet to find anything mentioning him as anything but a figurehead, and given their other... business practices, that seems to fall in line.
turbogrrlturbogrrl on January 20th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
interesting. someone else was saying carpathia had most of their bandwidth (speculating on the financial loss). hopefully this won't be a uge hit for you guys.
PMMJ: Fight!cheetahmaster on January 20th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a concern among us rank-and-file, but I think we will be OK in the long run.
Itinerant hacker adventuress: @thewronghands on January 20th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
Wow, a front row seat that you weren't sure you wanted? Eek.
Jenexamorata on January 20th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, whoa. Yesterday when that news broke my reaction was, "What's Megaupload?"
y_k_w on January 20th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
federal agent
Well, I guess that we never know what the New Year will bring!
Race Dowlingeracerhead on January 21st, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Sounds like standard operating procedure if you are uncleared in a facility requiring clearance. They escort you everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE.
224215152: Bibliopod224215152 on January 24th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Relevant to this: that.
PMMJ: Rock Starcheetahmaster on January 24th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Big ups.