UPDATE 1:51 p.m. Due to concerns that the reappearance of Megaupload.com with an IP address might not actually be that company, we have taken out any links directed there in the earlier version of this story.
UPDATE: As our very thorough reader Steven points out after doing a little digging, where he found the IP address to be registered to a Netherlands entity with the domain name worldstream.nl, this new site could also be an attempt by scammers to prey on bereft Megaupload users. So, browser beware.
Just a day after U.S. government officials put the shutdown smackdown on Megaupload.com, claiming it violated all kinds of copyright laws and hosted pirated material, the site has seemingly popped back up again, albeit without its former domain name.
Running under an IP address only, Megaupload welcomes back its devotees with open arms, posting a message saying they hope to be running again soon.
WE DON’T HAVE ANY DOMAIN NAME FOR NOW
ONLY THIS IP ADDRESS [redacted] BEWARE TO THE PISHING SITES!
This is the NEW MEGAUPLOAD SITE! we are working to be back full again
Bookmark the site and share the new address in facebook and twitter!
The new site already had 62K Facebook likes when we first checked it, which grew to 68K by the time this post was finished.
Yesterday U.S. prosecutors put the kibosh on the popular file-sharing site, charging that the founder Kim Dotcom and other employees “facilitated millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content, costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue.”
*Thanks to our reader Rob for the eagle-eyed tip!