17 August 2017
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Ukraine shuts down top file sharing website

Ukrainian police on Tuesday shut down...

Ukrainian police on Tuesday shut down the former Soviet republic`s most popular file sharing website,, accusing its owners of illegally distributing copyright-protected software, music and videos, according to Reuters.

The move, which followed a crackdown by the United States on a similar but much larger website Megaupload earlier this month, was a result of complaints by software companies such as Microsoft and Adobe, police said.

"During a search at the website (owners`) office and data centres, police confiscated numerous computers... including 200 servers containing about 6,000 terabytes of information in total," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

"Police have found out that the website was run by a citizen of Latvia."

The ministry said 16 people who had worked at`s office were being questioned but did not say how many people, if any, had been detained.

Under Ukrainian laws, the website`s owners could face up to five years in prison if found guilty, it said.`s users numbered in the millions, according to police. Most users logged on from within Ukraine.


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