A year after file-storage site MegaUpload was brought down by U.S. law enforcement officials targeting piracy, flamboyant founder Kim DotCom has cut the ribbon on his new site, Mega.
"As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government. Welcome to http://Mega.co.nz," DotCom tweeted today.
Not long after, he followed up with a tweet trumpeting what he said was the site's immediate popularity: "Site is extremely busy. Currently thousands of user registrations PER MINUTE." And indeed, as of this writing the site was difficult to access at times, perhaps because of heavy traffic. DotCom tweeted last month that he'd be staging a "press conference like no other" on January 20 (New Zealand time). It's set to take place at his multimillion-dollar mansion in that country about 13 hours from now.
And on Thursday, DotCom said Mega users would get 50GB of storage for free and that his lawyers are working on giving former MegaUpload premium users their premium statuses on the new site.
On top of the free storage, Mega -- which offers encryption and is being touted as "an awesome cloud storage service that will help protect your privacy" -- offers three pricing plans with added storage space and bandwidth.
DotCom's earlier cyber storage locker, MegaUpload, was launched in 2005, only to be shuttered by U.S. federal agencies, which argued that it was a service pirates were using to facilitate copyright infringement. After being taken to court by U.S. officials for running an alleged "criminal enterprise," DotCom said he had "no intention" of reactivating MegaUpload, and furthermore would not establish any similar business while extradition proceedings were taking place.
The arrival of mega.co.nz as a cloud-based storage locker may have U.S. prosecutors in a tizzy, but MegaUpload's defense team says DotCom is "entitled to innovate and work in technology like any other innocent New Zealander" until he's found to be otherwise.
One of DotCom's lawyers, Ira Rothken, told Ars Technica during a recent interview with him and DotCom that anyone who tries to take down Mega will have no legal ground to stand on.
"You have companies like Dropbox and Google with Drive with materially similar technologies," Rothken said. "and they are in business and they're thriving -- and Mega adds encryption."
An extradition hearing has been scheduled for March as American authorities continue to try to remove the entrepreneur from New Zealand, though some reports have suggested it could be pushed back to July.
You and your data are practically safe from all prosecution this is why:
- Your data is sent through a secure SSL connection 128bit secure, meaning if it is intercepted it cant be read, and it is only partial data equating to nothing, they need all the pieces
- Once at MEGA the data is then encrypted with your custom key so if MEGA was ever intercepted or the data leaked its secured with the Key you generated during registration a 2048bit (would take a long time to crack) also bloating the file and making it in decipherable as a particular type or file.
- When you share your data with your friends or redownload it, its being decrypted from the 2048, to the 128, to real data once on your computer.
All in all from your computer to theirs its a bunch of numbers and letters that cant be linked to a particular type of file to then go after you for.