Kim Dotcom's Mega "will change the world" on January 20

Just a couple of weeks back, we brought you the latest on Kim Dotcom’s planned successor to MegaUpload, the file sharing site that was taken down earlier this year by the US Government. Dotcom revealed that the name of the new site would be ‘Mega’, and would continue to allow users to share their files via a remote server, while also offering one-click encryption in the browser.

Today marked a major milestone in the development of the new service, as a preview site has now launched at me.ga (which, for now at least, links to kim.com/mega). With the kind of bravado and confidence that we’ve come to expect of Dotcom, the site makes a bold statement about what is to come:

As previously reported, a critical component of the new service will be the extraordinary privacy offered by its easy-encryption features. As the site explains:

In the past, securely storing and transferring confidential information required the installation of dedicated software. The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly. You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us.”


Mega also promises greatly improved file management with “a true cloud file system at your fingertips… You can even access your cloud drive as a file system mount or drive letter”.

Of course, whether any of this will really ‘change the world’ is questionable at best, but we’ll be able to find out for ourselves when the new service launches on January 20.

Source: me.ga

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He isn't making a difference, just making prices increase and causing more closed OS's. I have a "friend" who used to download pirated music/movies and since he stopped doing that, the term reformat hasn't been used in his house.

mrdeezus said,
He isn't making a difference, just making prices increase and causing more closed OS's. I have a "friend" who used to download pirated music/movies and since he stopped doing that, the term reformat hasn't been used in his house.

?

He's trying to create a file share service where he's not under US law, running on virtual system, and unable to force the service to be able to access the users files since they will not have the ability to do so, while putting in required take down notice system (assuming for people sharing files to the net).

Not sure if he will succeed or not, and watch for attempt to change laws to counter this.

mrdeezus said,
He isn't making a difference, just making prices increase and causing more closed OS's. I have a "friend" who used to download pirated music/movies and since he stopped doing that, the term reformat hasn't been used in his house.

My "friend" still pirates nearly everything (no OS), and he hasn't mentioned a format in at least 18 months.

Your theory is completely flawed.

russianmonk said,

What's your point? He's good at what he does and he's trying to make a difference.

My point was exactly what I said, how could you miss it? My point being, he has a massive ego. I don't understand why people look up to him and treat him as if he were a god of some sort. He simply started a website to host files. He's not the only person to do it, nor the first, yet apparently he thinks he's hot ****.

Panda X said,

My point was exactly what I said, how could you miss it? My point being, he has a massive ego. I don't understand why people look up to him and treat him as if he were a god of some sort. He simply started a website to host files. He's not the only person to do it, nor the first, yet apparently he thinks he's hot ****.

It's the fact that he's standing up for what he believe. The US carried out illegal search and seizures. He's standing up for what he believes. Saying he started a website that hosts files is an extreme over simplification of what he has done. He has been very successfully and continues to be. He's also a HUGE internet privacy advocate, which is something I strongly support.

NeoPogo said,
Pirating (movies, music, software) lives on!

Aslong as many American companies ignore Europe and the rest of the world, I shall continue to download my movies,series and music.. Which fortunally for me, is legal anyways in NL.

Shadowzz said,

Which fortunally for me, is legal anyways in NL.

Are you downloading movies, series and music made in NLs? If not, it is not legal.

How is this at all different from raring and passwording everything you upload now? Except that they have a chance to scan it before they do it for you. Fyi-passwording a rar encrypts it.

ArmedMonkey said,
How is this at all different from raring and passwording everything you upload now? Except that they have a chance to scan it before they do it for you. Fyi-passwording a rar encrypts it.

this will use true encryption, which is done seemlessly in browser code and uses cryptology like AES. You upload the file, Your browser encrypts it before sending to the server. the server then stores the encrypted file. You are provided with a key & a link. download that file using that key and you get the actual decrypted file.

Otherwise guessing the key is next to impossible. He wants to be sure its impossible to know what data the servers are hosting. Before a winRAR password could be guessed, and if not, filenames and CRCs were shown so the password isn't even needed.

by the sounds of the API, 3-rd party apps will allow you to see everything like its unencrypted, as said mount like a dropbox share even. Everyone BUT mega will be interested in what the keys are. I wouldn't be sold that encryption exists the NSA can't crack though. Especially after collecting hundreds of keys

Edited by srbeen, Nov 1 2012, 12:53pm :

Lol, they had better left him alone I guess...
They gave him and the competing services a hint on protecting themselves and making stuff harder to take down.
Clear investigation fail is obvious.
(And of course that was a political stunt)

GS:ios

Shikaka said,
I wouldnt want to store anything important on there.... he is a target for America to take him down.

Indeed, although I do think that they will be a bit more wary from now on.

GS:ios

Shikaka said,
I wouldnt want to store anything important on there.... he is a target for America to take him down.

Do you not think, based on the current cluster-f**k of a case against Kim, that this has been a main, if not primary issue that will have been addressed before hand?

Shikaka said,
I wouldnt want to store anything important on there.... he is a target for America to take him down.

They did it illegally. His lawyers will be well aware of what he is doing. He would have covered himself, he's obviously a very smart man.

Will be interesting, I wonder if there will be apps for all of the big phone operating systems. So I can upload photos, documents or videos straight from my phone.