The Ukrainian most popular file-sharing site Ex.ua has been shut down by Ukrainian police with immediate effect.
The police confiscated 200 servers on which more than 6,000 terabytes of data was stored. The servers were located in 5 data centers in Kyiv. The Ex.ua raids follow less than two weeks after US authorities ordered the shutdown of another file-hosting service, MegaUpload.
Because the site was widely used to share copyrighted files, several international companies including Microsoft, Graphisoft and Adobe filed complaints against the service. After a six month criminal investigation, this resulted in the shutdown of Ex.ua.
Sixteen employees were taken in for questioning. At the time of writing it is unclear how many arrests have been made, if any. The authorities did confirm that the site was run by a Latvian citizen.
If found guilty, the operators of the site face up to five years in prison.