The 29-year old Hana Beshara and 23-year old Matthew Smith were charged as founders of the site. Zoi Mertzanis (36) and Joshua Evans (34) were identified as most active uploaders and Jeremy Andrew (33) as the person responsible for the site’s security.
Ninjavideo website operators charged with criminal copyright conspiracy
Several months ago we were informed that NinjaVideo was being closely watched but we had no idea the U.S. authorities were behind it.
In March we received word that Dutch police had arrived at Ecatel, NinjaVideo’s host in The Netherlands. Our sources said that servers had been removed for examination but had been later returned. TorrentFreak contacted Ecatel who told us that “your sources have given you a lead far removed from the truth.”
We also contacted NinjaVideo and gave them what few details we had but after emails back and forth, it became clear that NinjaVideo either couldn’t or wouldn’t be drawn on the information we had provided. Without any absolute clear information or quotable sources we were sadly forced to abandon our planned article.
Now, three months later NinjaVideo is one of the nine websites that were targeted by the U.S. Government.