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Game lag suggests spying on Megaupload founder started earlier than reported

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New information could point to spying as early as October

New evidence from New Zealand's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security suggests that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was spied on illegally, reports TorrentFreak.

Kim Dotcom was one of four men arrested in January during an investigation of Megaupload.com for violation of piracy laws.

Previous reports have stated that observation of Dotcom began in December. However, new information could point to spying as early as October, when an unexplained connection delay slowed Dotcom's online gaming during Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sessions. Technicians were unable to explain the lag.

"When it was first installed the connection had two or three hops, but when I came back from Hong Kong last October, suddenly it had five to nine hops and the latency would decrease by roughly 60 to 90 milliseconds," said Dotcom in an interview with TorrentFreak.

"At the time we thought they were just incompetent and that they didn't know how to manage a network," said Dotcom. "But today, in light of this GCSB spying, we understand that the traffic of my Internet connection was rerouted, probably through equipment that the GCSB controlled."

If true, the evidence would seriously damage both Detective Inspector Grant Wormald, who would have committed perjury in court when speaking on the observations, and the New Zealand Prime Minister. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key said surveillance was not enacted until after December 16th.