Mega launches with server overloads and 250,000 users

After months of hype, Kim Dotcom's successor to his now shut down MegaUpload file sharing website is up and running ... barely. As chronicled by Dotcom's own Twitter feed, the launch of Mega was accompanied by a flood of users trying to sign up for the service.

The actual URL for Mega is , and the second the site went live to the public, its servers started crumbling.  Dotcom's Twitter page posted up word, just after Mega went live, "Wow. I have never seen anything like this. From 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes."

Later, Dotcom claimed that Mega has generated 100,000 user registrations less than an hour after it went live. He added in another post, "Site is still overloaded. Massive demand. Incredible. I am so happy." Indeed, we are still unable to sign up for Mega as of this writing.

An hour or so later, Dotcom posted:

The site is offering users 50 GB of cloud storage space for free, with more storage and bandwidth tiers available for additional fees. Dotcom is suppose to host a massive launch event for Mega at his New Zealand mansion in a few hours.

Source: Kim Dotcom on Twitter | Image via Kim Dotcom

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Small update. Now signed up and in. The grey page no longer shows it just shows login and enter password and key is made woop woop

It makes the key on mouse movements so kinda cool it was slow creating this for me took around 5 mins. Now i can see the main upload and files page but its like in the background with a like 80% invisible gradient black overlay with a loading circle in the center.

just signed up, got e-mail right away from UK using gmail account when i click the e-mail link though the page loading logo thing shows then it goes grey.

" Your 2048-bit RSA public / private key pair is now being created.

To strengthen the key, we have collected entropy from your mouse movements and keystroke timings. "

The Mega statement made me laugh cuz I didn't touch the mouse nor keyboard for that part... so I guess there's no real entropy applied to my encryption key.

I can login but uploading anything stalls at 0%. Waited 25 minutes for a file less than 1MB. Is there any truth behind the DDOS or is that false nonsense rumour being spread on random sites?

paul0544 said,
I can login but uploading anything stalls at 0%. Waited 25 minutes for a file less than 1MB. Is there any truth behind the DDOS or is that false nonsense rumour being spread on random sites?

It's being hit by hundred of page views per second currently. It was a higly anticipated opening and the only DDOS that is happening is the friendly kind

I do not trust anybody.... All my data backed up both on Skydrive and other services is always encrypted. The problem could arise when people use these services as an active repository.

He can't access it either, did you even read about the site the files are encrypted and only you can access it unless the encryption is broken.

That must be the FBI DDoS'ing them from their own nuclear-powered mobile Sealand drifting roughly 14 miles from the Kiwi shores.

Maybe it's just me but I never once in my life needed to use a service like this . Why would I need to use this ? I just don't see the big deal

It's basically like Dropbox now. I like the back up all my files online for safe keeping, the idea behind this re-branded service is that it's all encrypted. You can control who can access and decrypt your files. Even Mega themselves, won't be able to decrypt, which makes your data safe.

Lunfai said,
It's basically like Dropbox now. I like the back up all my files online for safe keeping, the idea behind this re-branded service is that it's all encrypted. You can control who can access and decrypt your files. Even Mega themselves, won't be able to decrypt, which makes your data safe.

I'm definitely writing API's to make a backup system.

TurboShrimp said,
Maybe it's just me but I never once in my life needed to use a service like this . Why would I need to use this ? I just don't see the big deal

I use to think like this as well. There really was no point as far as I was concerned. I take care of my things and my systems are well managed and I didn't require back ups of anything off site. However, certain situations caused me to rethink that real quickly. As an example, here's what I use my Dropbox for at the moment (I received 50GB free with the purchase of my Galaxy S3 phone):

Last September someone stole my cell phone. The cell phone was used as a camera a lot so there were a ton of pictures on it. The last time I synced the pictures to my computer was almost 2 months prior. Two days after my phone was stolen, my dog of 13 years passed away. I had taken probably 100 or so photos of him in his last month as I knew he was ill. I will never have those pictures again and I won't ever put myself in a position to lose out like that again. The phone is replaceable, the photos are not.

My phone currently automatically uploads every photo I take directly to Dropbox the second it's taken. Same with videos. I also backup all of my apps and settings to Dropbox. These sites/cloud services do have their uses. That Dropbox is accessible to me from nearly any device that connects to the Internet as well. Very convenient.

Anyway, just thought I'd share a real world application for services such as these. They truly do have their place, contrary to what I believed originally

nekkidtruth said,

I use to think like this as well. There really was no point as far as I was concerned. I take care of my things and my systems are well managed and I didn't require back ups of anything off site. However, certain situations caused me to rethink that real quickly. As an example, here's what I use my Dropbox for at the moment (I received 50GB free with the purchase of my Galaxy S3 phone):

Last September someone stole my cell phone. The cell phone was used as a camera a lot so there were a ton of pictures on it. The last time I synced the pictures to my computer was almost 2 months prior. Two days after my phone was stolen, my dog of 13 years passed away. I had taken probably 100 or so photos of him in his last month as I knew he was ill. I will never have those pictures again and I won't ever put myself in a position to lose out like that again. The phone is replaceable, the photos are not.

My phone currently automatically uploads ever photo I take directly to Dropbox the second it's taken. Same with videos. I also backup all of my apps and settings to Dropbox. These sites/cloud services do have their uses. That Dropbox is accessible to me from nearly any device that connects to the Internet as well. Very convenient.

Anyway, just thought I'd share a real world application for services such as these. They truly do have their place, contrary to what I believed originally

Heartbreaking, but heartwarming broski.

Yepp, what's better then living your life and taking pictures to remember it. For sure; you can look back when you're old and wrinkly.

Lunfai said,
It's basically like Dropbox now. I like the back up all my files online for safe keeping, the idea behind this re-branded service is that it's all encrypted. You can control who can access and decrypt your files. Even Mega themselves, won't be able to decrypt, which makes your data safe.

So the user controls the keys? Daamn, ill even pay for that. Spideroak has been very unreliable in the past for me so this is very tempting.

Same here. Even in the United States (despite the insistence otherwise of the Department of Injustice and Gun-Running) even Americans have a legal use for large amounts of offsite storage (in my case, it's known-good drivers for my hardware).

you can only sign upo with a gmail account. yahoo, Hotmail, outlook...etc they all dont work. firefox cant upload either....only chrome can. **** that noise!

jorel009 said,
you can only sign upo with a gmail account. yahoo, Hotmail, outlook...etc they all dont work. firefox cant upload either....only chrome can. **** that noise!

confirmed this; the email for my mega account I signed up with outlook for still hasn't arrived, but I signed up with my gmail account and it was there before I even logged in O.o do you think google's paying him or something? until I figure out why mega seems to have such a strong preference for google i'm not using it for anything important

PGHammer said,
...even Americans have a legal use for large amounts of offsite storage (in my case, it's known-good drivers for my hardware).

50GB of drivers?