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New Yellow MegaUpload rises from the dead

MegaUpload rises from the dead as Mega

Working from his safe haven in New Zealand, Kim DotCom announces a new file-sharing service called Mega, which will be similar to MegaUpload but with a twist.
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October 18, 2012 5:50 PM PDT

MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom plans to launch a new file-sharing service called Mega.
(Credit: Kim DotCom/Greg Sandoval/CNET )

MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom has proven to be unstoppable. After the U.S. government's major takedown of the cloud-storage service, which came with charges of racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering, and more, DotCom has escaped extradition to the U.S. for now and was given a formal apology by New Zealand's prime minister.

Emboldened, DotCom has announced that he is building a new file-sharing site called Mega. According to Wired, this new site will work slightly different than MegaUpload but will still let users upload, store, and share data files. DotCom also intends to make it raid-proof.

"If servers are lost, if the government comes into a data center and rapes it, if someone hacks the server or steals it, it would give him nothing," DotCom told Wired. "Whatever is uploaded to the site, it is going to be remain closed and private without the key."

The way Mega will work is subscribers will easily be able to one-click encrypt their files within their browser using the "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm," and then they will be given a second unique key for the decryption of that file. This way, the only person who can decrypt that file is the subscriber. So, if Mega's servers are seized or hacked, no one will be able to access the subscriber's private information.

As Wired writes, it would be "impossible for Mega to know, or be responsible for, its users' uploaded content -- a state of affairs engineered to create an ironclad 'safe harbor' from liability for Mega, and added piece of mind for the user."

Skeptics believe that Mega is just a re-fangled MegaUpload and is acting as a public insult to the U.S. Department of Justice. But, DotCom told Wired that Mega is not "a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the DoJ." He explained that Mega will have rules that allow copyright holders to send the DMCA a takedown notice to remove infringing files. Also, some entities, like film studios, will be allowed to directly remove copyright-infringing material themselves.

"But this time, if they want to use that tool, they'll have to accept, prior to getting access, that they're not going to sue us or hold us accountable for the actions of our users," DotCom said.

Despite DotCom's current safety in New Zealand, the U.S. government is still attempting to extradite him and six other associates. MegaUpload was once among the largest cloud-storage services in the world. But U.S. officials claim the company was a criminal enterprise. However, it increasingly appears less likely that the U.S. will ever get DotCom or the other defendants out of New Zealand.

Besides Mega, DotCom has also been working on a new music service called Megabox. The service was first revealed last year as a technology that promised to transform the music industry by allowing artists to sell their own music and earn 90 percent of the revenue generated through those transactions.

According to Wired, Mega is scheduled to be released later this year.


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Default Re: MegaUpload rises from the dead

New MegaUpload Will Deflect Copyright Liability and Become Raid-Proof

This week the hottest story in file-sharing was the announcement that The Pirate Bay had boosted its security by migrating its operation into the cloud.

Performance and cost issues aside, the main aim of the site is to have as much uptime as possible, and that necessarily involves not getting raided. The site’s operators believe they have that covered.

Just a day later and another famous file-sharing operation is preparing for its relaunch with similar issues in mind, albeit from a different angle.

The return of Megaupload – or rather “Mega” as it will be called – will have an eye firmly placed on security to ensure not only a completely legal operation, but one that is almost immune to shutdown.

Speaking with Wired, Kim Dotcom and business partner Mathias Ortmann have been outlining how encryption will strengthen Mega’s “safe harbors”.

Before users upload their files to Mega they will be encrypted using the AES algorithm. Users will then be provided with a unique decryption key giving them sole responsibility for who can have future use of the file.

Not only does this ensure completely security and privacy for users’ files, Mega will have no knowledge of any encrypted file’s contents at any stage, effectively deflecting any future accusation that they were aware of how their service was being used.

But of course, none of this can protect Mega from the kind of act-first worry-later strategy employed by the US government when it raided Megaupload in January. So, to counter that kind of threat Mega will employ some technical countermeasures, including placing sets of servers in separate countries.

“So, even if one country decides to go completely berserk from a legal perspective and freeze all servers, for example — which we don’t expect, because we’ve fully complied with all the laws of the countries we place servers in — or if a natural disaster happens, there’s still another location where all the files are available,” Ortmann explained.

“This way, it’s impossible to be subjected to the kind of abuse that we’ve had in the U.S.,” he adds.

In late August, Kim Dotcom announced that Mega would grow to become a global network “to change the world.” Today he reinforced that position, telling Wired that the Mega network will encourage all hosts, from the small to the very large, to join up.

“We’re creating a system where any host in the world — from the $2,000 garage operation to the largest online host — can connect their own servers to this network,” he said. “We can work with anybody, because the hosts themselves cannot see what’s on the servers.”

As mentioned earlier, The Pirate Bay has also taken steps to ensure their security, but unlike Mega they offer zero cooperation to copyright holders. Right up front Mega say they will be offering full content takedown cooperation with movie and record companies, but it won’t be the free-for-all they previously enjoyed.

“This time, if they want to use that [takedown] tool, they’ll have to accept, prior to getting access, that they’re not going to sue us or hold us accountable for the actions of our users,” Dotcom concludes.

The encryption of files is an intriguing move and one that will have lawyers everywhere considering the implications. Whether it will be enough to keep the authorities at bay remains to be seen. We will soon find out.
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