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Jan 21, 2013

Silent but Mega, Kim Dotcom’s file-sharing comeback

Kim Dotcom is at it again -- but this time it's encrypted. Here's what's revolutionary about his new file "sharing" service.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster

Stilgherrian

Technology writer and broadcaster

Kim Dotcom’s new file “sharing” service Mega was launched on the weekend, a year to the day since its predecessor Megaupload was shut down by the US Department of Justice. But Mega is much more than a screw-you-America gesture from a disgruntled entrepreneur. Dotcom is a revolutionary. With Mega he’s fired a broadside in the war for control of your information.

Dotcom founded Megaupload in 2005 as a place to store and distribute digital files. Now every website stores data, and these days there’s plenty of “cloud storage” vendors to choose from. But Megaupload’s business model seemed to, well, encourage copyright infringement. It soon became a go-to place to get music or movies without the inconvenience of actually paying for them, with more than 180 million registered users. For a while it was the 13th most popular site on the internet.

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3 thoughts on “Silent but Mega, Kim Dotcom’s file-sharing comeback

  1. Psycadis

    The heads up on Silent Circle was interesting, but Mega has more in common with Google Drive or DropBox than Silent Circle.
    The main difference though from other cloud storage vendors is that Mega, like Silent Circle, probably does not contain backdoors, where as Google and DropBox almost certainly do IMHO.

  2. Mike Smith

    “In other news, the Pirate Party (Australia) is registered for the next election.”

    @Psy: And you’d only know that if their source was 100% open.

  3. Scott

    Problem with silent circle is that they haven’t released all their source code yet, which is standard to prove that there are no government back doors in the code. They have only released small chunks of it.
    Also, The fact that this company has been created by ex Navy Seals and British SAS members, people who have been indoctrinated to put their country above all else, would make me hesitant to assume it is completely secure.

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