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MEGA cloud storage service is launched by Kim Dotcom

by Mark Tyson on 21 January 2013, 12:16

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Controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom held a press conference from his mansion in New Zealand on Sunday to launch his new MEGA cloud storage service. The event, which took place on the anniversary of the takedown of Megaupload, was interrupted by a mock FBI helicopter raid during its first 20 minutes. The service has already proved popular with servers running the service temporarily unable to cope with the spike of demand. The site gained 100,000 registered users within its first hour and a million in the first 24 hours.

The press conference kicked off with a speech by Dotcom about the internet, freedom and innovation. He pulled out a snappy sound bite about the launch date “today is the anniversary of something horrible, but now it is also the anniversary of something wonderful.” As the speech came to a conclusion and Dotcom said triumphantly “Nothing will stop MEGA” a fake FBI helicopter and armed forces raid was staged while Kim was surrounded by a throng of glamorous female bodyguards.

Back to the serious business of the cloud storage service launch, there followed a lengthy Q&A session with members of the audience. Dotcom revealed that Megabox “is still under development and will take at least another six months”. On the question of how another Megaupload-style takedown will be prevented Dotcom answered “We have scrutinized every pixel to ensure it’s built from the ground up to adhere to the law.” Dotcom also said that in the future the storage service will allow content delivery.

Full 1hr 20 minutes press conference here;

Skip forward to 18 minutes for the fake FBI raid following Dotcom’s Bond-villain style laughter.

Free membership of MEGA is available and simply for registering with no payment you will earn 50GB of cloud storage – a very similar service to DropBox but with a lot more free space. MEGA emphasises its security and upon registration users get a 2048 bit RSA public/private key pair, no one else gets a copy of these. Paid subscription Professional accounts are available, as you can see below.

If you are interested in using this new cloud storage service go to mega.co.nz, if you want to have a good read of the T&Cs before signing up you can find them here.



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Those are awesome amounts of storage, just wish people would stop making these things restricted to one folder on your machine. I have an established folder structure that is neat and tidy that I don't want to change just to use cloud storage; duplicating my information on one drive is horribly inefficient use of storage space so does not constitute a useful service for me.

I use SugarSync because it allows me to sync any folder anywhere on my computer and also allows the sync to go to different locations on other machines which is perfect. I've stopped using Dropbox and won't be using SkyDrive now that they are closing the Mesh sync storage and this option doesn't sound like it is any better than the rest, still restricted to a separate folder specific to the application :(
Good point about the single folder, my main problem with that was I easily reached the small capacity offered by Dropbox (although currently now at 13GB which is enough). Waiting for my confirmation email after registering, server was too busy to allow me to before today!
Just remember the target market. It's not “secure storage for your secret and LEGAL files”.
Then remember the sort of person he is. He's a felon and a cheat. Trust him? Sure.
Even from an outsider's point of view, just look at what he changed his name to. You really think it was to make him look good?

Imagine what Apple would do with that name.
Yup, that's right.
He tried it.

You trust this man? Good luck with that, I'll stick with known companies and people who at least have *some* legal comeback for your data.
synaesthesia
Just remember the target market. It's not “secure storage for your secret and LEGAL files”.
Then remember the sort of person he is. He's a felon and a cheat. Trust him? Sure.
Even from an outsider's point of view, just look at what he changed his name to. You really think it was to make him look good?

Imagine what Apple would do with that name.
Yup, that's right.
He tried it.

You trust this man? Good luck with that, I'll stick with known companies and people who at least have *some* legal comeback for your data.


I don't know if I will bother to use this service or not, although 50GB of cloud storage free is a pretty good deal! If I do, I'll just follow the same principals as I would with any cloud storage service:

1. Add my own layer of strong encryption (e.g. Rijndael, Blowfish, etc) with a high quality pseudo-random encryption key to the data locally so I know the provider cannot do anything nefarious with it.
2. Never rely on them as the sole repository for my data so I am not left without access if they disappear.

Problem solved.
On paper it seems like quite a good service. Hopefully this will pave the way towards cloud companies giving more free space.

With limited bandwidth caps, cant see it proving too popular for piracy on a mass scale either.