The MegaUpload case continues to seem more like a farce the longer it goes on. Kim Dotcom is now claiming that the New Zealand government was spying on him earlier than they’ve previously admitted. His evidence? There was a suspicious spike in lag in October — two months before the Government Communications Security Bureau claims they started spying on him. He’s come to the conclusion that this increase was due to the fact that his connection was being rerouted by the government.
See, Dotcom had a 100 megabit fiber connection installed at his mansion in order to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in the upper echelon. He even managed to grab the top rank in Free-for-All; the man’s serious about his gameplay. This connection should have provided an almost guaranteed level of speed, but that changed last fall. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Dotcom explains it thus:
When it was first installed the connection had 2 or 3 hops, but when I came back from Hong Kong last October suddenly it had 5 to 9 hops and the latency would increase by roughly 60 to 90 milliseconds[.]
He called out a technician after being unable to fix the problem, then he contacted the ISP to try and figure out what was going on. Nobody seemed to be able to tell him why his connection was suddenly significantly slower when nothing else had changed. In the wake of the MegaUpload raid, though, Dotcom believes this change signifies that the government was spying on him as early as October, even though they’ve claimed otherwise.
This wouldn’t be the first time someone’s blamed others for their poor performance in a multiplayer match, though.
- MegaUpload is almost back
- The United States apparently still thinks this whole thing was a success
- The raid against Dotcom’s mansion looks like something out of a mafia film