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FBI believed Kim Dotcom had a ‘doomsday device’ capable of erasing all piracy evidence

Updated 4 years ago
Published Aug 10th, 2012 10:25PM EDT

Sane people may be wondering why the New Zealand government utilized its elite counterterrorism unit to raid Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s mansion. And now, via the NZ Herald, we have our answer: the FBI actually believed Dotcom had a Dr. Strangelove-style “doomsday device” that was capable of wiping out all evidence of Internet piracy with the flick of a switch.

During a judicial review of the raid at the High Court at Auckland on Friday, raid supervisor Detective Inspector Grant Wormald testified that the FBI told him that Dotcom “carried a device with him to delete servers around the world” that could be set off within seconds from multiple computers, laptops and smartphones within Dotcom’s mansion.

Needless to say, no such device existed and the New Zealand Special Tactics Group came up empty in their search for it. In response to these revelations, Dotcom’s attorney Paul Davison called the raid on his client’s mansion “a woefully incompetent and inept performance by the New Zealand police at all stages and at all levels.”

In other words, it seems the only doomsday machines Dotcom possesses are his music videos.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.