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Kim Dotcom Returns With MEGA Storage Service

Kim Dotcom of Megaupload fame is back with a new cloud-based service called Mega. The service arrives a exactly year after Megaupload was shut down, and Dotcom was arrested in his Auckland, New Zealand mansion. Dotcom was involved in the most famous online piracy case.

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Initially, the website was opened for early access users, but it was opened a while later for anyone to who wants to register.

Users get 50GB of storage space upon signing up, but those who want more can avail of three paid “Pro” tiers. 500GB costs $13, 2TB costs $27, and 4TB costs $40. Those who register  also get more bandwidth: the 500GB tier is provided with 1TB of bandwidth; the 2TB plan gets 4TB of bandwidth; and the 4TB plan is allotted 8TB of bandwidth.

Through his Twitter account, Dotcom announced the developments. He reports: “100,000 registered users in less than 1 hour. Fastest growing start-up in Internet history? #Mega.” He later announced that the website was overloaded because of “massive demand.”

Said overloading made it difficult for some potential users to access the website. According to Dotcom, things “should get better when initial frenzy is over.”

Dotcom has big plans for this comeback. Following the launch of Mega, Dotcom is expected to offer filesystem mount integration for Windows, OS X, and Linux. A mobile solution is also believed to be on the way.

Dotcom, whose original name was Kim Schmitz before he had it legally changed, is a 38-year-old German citizen who is in New Zealand at the moment. Dotcom was charged with several offenses, including copyright theft, racketeering, and money laundering. Purportedly, Dotcom cost copyright holders $500 million by allowing access to pirated content. He, however, claims that he is innocent. Dotcom is scheduled to be extradited later this year.

Click on this link to visit the Mega website.

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U.S Court Partially Unseals Warrant Against MegaUpload

U.S federal judge has reportedly unsealed a portion of the warrant issued to take down file-sharing site Megaupload and prosecute the persons behind it, including its founder Kim DotCom.

The objective of the warrant is simply to seize MegaUpload’s domain, but the site’s lawyers believes the U.S government has insufficient evidence to support its case. Silicon Valley and MegaUpload lead attorney Ira Rothken asserted that the U.S officials have misled the judge when applying for the warrant.

The documents has been under seal since the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia filed a complaint against Megaupload and its administrators with criminal copyright violations, money laundering, and wire fraud.

In June 2010, prosecutor warned MegaUpload via a criminal search warrant of storing over 30 pirated video files and it managers willfully delayed the removal of the files as late as November 2011.

However, Rothken believes the U.S government deleted an integral part in the ongoing criminal proceedings.

“In our view that’s a misleading statement,” Rothken said. “MegaUpload was served with a criminal search warrant for alleged third-party user conduct and was advised not to interfere with that criminal investigation or with the files — as such disclosure, would jeopardize the ongoing investigation. To ask MegaUpload to cooperate and then use that cooperation against them, to us seems to be both unfair and misleading.”

According to CNET reporter Greg Sandoval, U.S District Judge Liam O’Grady partially unsealed the documents at the request of a former MegaUpload user Kyle Goodwin. Goodwin said he used to upload persona videotapes of high school football games and he wants its back.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key defended the government’s handling of the United States extradition attempt for MegaUpload creator Kim Dotcom.

DotCom, a German national already acquired residency in New Zealand, was nabbed during a raid at his luxurious mansion in Auckland in January this year and his website was shutdown the following day.

DotCom is currently tapping all possible legal remedies to prevent a possible extradition to the US to face criminal charges filed against him and MegaUpload.

The New Zealand Prime Minister said DotCom can solve his case by physically appearing before the U.S Court and presenting evidences to rebut the accusations.

US Attorney: DotCom Could Face More Legal Woes With Recreation of MegaUpload

Kim DotCom is putting himself into more legal troubles after the found of the defunct MegaUpload announced this week his plans to launch a new cloud storage services similar to his former site, the US Attorney said Thursday.

According to a report by CNET reporter Greg Sandoval, DotCom reportedly sworn under oath he would not try to restart or recreate his MegaUpload business.

U.S Attorney officials said recreation of another cloud storage services would lead to a possible violations of the terms of the bail, making DotCom open to for new charges.

DotCom and six others working for MegaUpload were arrested in an indictment case filed by the U.S Attorney, who considered MegaUpload as a criminal enterprise.

The U.S prosecutors asserted that DotCom and company wrongfully encouraged millions of internet users around the world to store pirated movies, songs, and other Internet media in MegaUpload’s Internet Locker, allowing them to earn millions of dollars through advertisement and premium subscriptions.

After his arrest, DotCom reportedly applied for bail and insisted he has no plans to reactivate his MegaUpload site or create a similar business in the future.

“There is no realistic prospect or possibility of restoring the business or recommencing the business having regard to both the seizure of the requisite servers and data storage equipment and to the seizure of all funds, monies and assets held both by Megaupload and by me personally… Until the merits of the US government’s charges against me and my co-defendants, as well as the company, have been determined there is no ability, let alone financial incentive available to me, to try to continue to operate the business as is alleged,” stated by DotCom.

However, DotCom’s latest announcement of his plan to recreate another cloud storage site prompted the U.S government to file for an extradition proceeding to bring DotCom under U.S custody.

Silicon Valley attorney Ira Rothken remains firm in his defense for DotCom and company.

“Any new technology business started from scratch such as Me.ga does not appear to be addressed in the affidavit which was specific to Megaupload as the ‘business as is alleged.’ If bail conditions are implicated then approval of the New Zealand authorities will be sought by [DotCom’s] New Zealand counsel.”

“Kim DotCom is innocent, is presumed innocent, and is entitled to innovate and work in technology like any other innocent New Zealander. Indeed, Me.ga may help stimulate further cloud storage innovation in New Zealand and the rest of the world and that should not be something the DOJ, if well intentioned, should complain about,” He added.

Via: Cnet

Kim Dotcom announces new Megaupload launch date, promises better service than before

Megaupload founder, Kim Dotcom, revealed on Friday that his team has already been working for yet another file-sharing website that would mimic the services offered by his previous website and offer new ones. He, however, said that the new project will be named “Mega,” which would offer more services than just allowing users to upload or download files.

Mega’s launch was rumored to happen this year but Dotcom already confirmed it would be on January 19th in 2013, a year after the feds took down one of the biggest websites on the web. Many thought that government’s actions were the end of Megaupload, apparently, it was just the beginning of a bigger and better file-sharing system in the world.

Reports suggested that Megaupload was getting 50 million visitors per day at its peak. Such traffic is something Kim Dotcom couldn’t resist not to retain, hence, the launch of Mega. The first website had already built its reputation but the domain is still in question and is unavailable. So, Dotcom’s team has been looking for brandable domain names they can use for the new website. During the summer, the founder has reportedly registered a few domain names but it still remains a mystery what the website address of Mega would be.

“The new Mega will launch exactly 1 year after the raid,” Dotcom announced a couple of days ago.

A report from Torrent Freak suggested that “there’s a Doomsday launch button in place, a reference to the device U.S. authorities claimed could have been in place to self-destruct the old Megaupload in the event of a raid.”

Last month, Dotcom released a statement to the media saying that they are almost done with their coding works and that servers have already been ordered. Investors are reportedly lining up to join his new venture, which he described as “massive global network.”

Since he already had an experience how a business like Megaupload could crumble down by just one strike of the government’s hand, he promised that the new Mega would be more secure than the first old one. Uploaded files are said to be encrypted with AES algorithm. Each user who has uploaded a file would be given a unique decryption key providing them the absolute right and control over their files and who can have access to them in the future.

Millions of uploaded files on Megaupload will never be recovered by they respective owners so Mega will have to start from scratch. Kim Dotcom, however, is positive his new venture would become successful while waiting for the court’s verdict on what to do with his previous business.

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Kim DotCom’s New Megabox Service Will Turn The World “Upside Down”

I’d say that the average tech blog gets a lot of daily traffic, anything from 100,000+ people to 50 million people. That’s a lot, don’t you think? Well, that was easily attainable by former Megaupload founder, Kim DotCom, as he achieved a very substantial goal with his service. Kim Dotcom has had some various legal issues and protests from the anti-piracy supporters, but even in the midst of that, Dotcom is very eager to create his brand new Megabox applications, which could possibly change the entirety of the music industry.

What does this Megabox service do, that makes it so widely known and “important” though? Just a couple of months ago, Kim Dotcom had released a statement on Twitter, describing that his new Megabox application would allow users of it to easily distribute media, and especially music, freely. Earlier this week on Tuesday, he had said that his idea will, “Turn this world upside down,” and that the service will be, “Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from any attacks.”

Of course, this may not be entirely true, but it is obviously no secret since the Federal Government got hold of the initial Megabox domain, Dotcom surely has something up his sleeve though. His confidence continues to loom high, but he has ensured his supporters that this new application will become available as a multi-platform tool on Android, iOS and PC. Kim Dotcom’s various statements on all of this may be a tad “far-fetched,” but this computer guru really has plans to get this software finished and published by late 2012. I’m not sure the law enforcement is going to be a big problem for him anymore. According to his lawyers and copyright law, he’s not really breaking any rules of the game. What’s going to be the issue, is getting software on the devices, because we may see Google black something like Megabox, and likewise with Apple. There is no way I can imagine Google or Apple letting this type of software on their platform, especially if it also takes a direct hit on their sales figures (due to downloading things from Megabox as opposed to Google Music).

I’m not entirely sure what I think about Megabox as of now. It seems like just another way to rebel against the Federal Government after completely taking down Dotcom’s Megaupload website. On the other hand, an interview that was conducted with Dotcom, he claimed that he was not at fault according to United States law, and it was actually people uploading to Megaupload that were at fault. All Dotcom did was offer a bunch of free bandwidth. It seems weird, but Dotcom has a very good knowledge of United States copyright law, and so do his lawyers. Who knows though? Maybe megabox will turn out to be a huge success.

Anyone curious as to what this could bring to Dotcom in the future? More Federal Government raids? Lawsuits? Let us know in the comments below, surely we have some copyright law geniuses out there!

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Advocacy Groups Probing Damage To Legitimate MegaUpload Users For Class Action?

The online world did a double take when it was announced that Megaupload had been shut down by the US government, and frontman Kim DotCom was taken into custody in New Zealand. The hacktivist group, Anonymous, went after multiple sites in retaliation to the megaupload take down and as a post protest to SOPA’s blackout day.

Megaupload was shut down and it was alleged that Dotcom and his coherts made off with hundreds of millions of dollars at the expense of recording artsits, movie stars, Hollywood and other creators of content. The funny part about that is a number of those allegedly affected had appeared in ads and in support of megaupload in their years of doing business.

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And Universal Music Is Down Again Thanks To Anonymous

The hacktivist group Anonymous is back at it again. They’re all riled up right now because of SOPA, PIPA and Kim Dotcom (Mega Upload). Anonymous is looking to bring as much attention as possible to the rights that Americans can loose if laws like SOPA and PIPA are passed. They’re also bringing to light the fact that businesses like Mega Upload can be shut down with or without SOPA or PIPA.

SOPA and PIPA have been temporarily halted. Of course Congress can reintroduce the legislation under another guise or try for SOPA and PIPA later when the undercurrent and murmur dies down but it’s not likely.

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Whitehouse.Gov Down Now Thanks To Anonymous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 11:52PM ET: Whitehouse.gov is back up

While most sites are reporting that Anonymous has taken down a laundry list of websites in response to the federal indictment of megaupload that is only half the story. We are hearing from some of the anonymous sources that brought us great stories a few months back, that part of the attack was coordinated in response to SOPA, remember SOPA blackout day was yesterday.

The federal government unsealed an indictment in eastern Virginia today as it was served against megaupload.com and their top executives. As the day went on more and more music industry and government related sites went down.

After we published this story we had heard and confirmed that fbi.gov was down, and now whitehouse.gov is down as well.

Anonymous is a group of hacktivist that has heavy handedly responded to social problems involving the internet by shutting down offending sites.

Anonymous Takes Down DOJ & Universal Music And More In Response To Megaupload

Megaupload was shut down by the federal government early on Thursday. Soon afterwards the hacktivist group Anonymous took responsibility for the take down of both the Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music Group websites.

“It was in retaliation for Megaupload, as was the concurrent attack on Justice.org,” Anonymous operative Barrett Brown told website rt.com  on Thursday afternoon.

After the takedown of the RIAA, MPAA, Universal Music Group and Department Of Justice, Anonymous still wasn’t down. As the day went on the government’s copyright website at copyright.gov went down and 30 minutes later BMI, one of the major licensing and royalty websites fell as well.

It seems that this coordinated attack of websites may have been planned for the day after SOPA blackout day and that megaupload was just the icing on the cake, leading to one of the biggest hacker take down days in history.

source: RT

Feds Shut Down Mega Upload

Despite the mass protest by the collective internet on Wednesday, feds moved in and shut down mega upload one of the largest file sharing websites in the world on Thursday.

The indictment unsealed this morning accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders over $500 million dollars in lost revenue.

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