Kim Dotcom’s New File Locker ‘Mega’ Opens to the Public
Kim Dotcom opened his new file locker service, simply called “Mega,” to the public on Saturday afternoon central time. Mega’s public launch comes one year to the day since the US shuttered Dotcom’s MegaUpload.
Ars was given a preview look at the new Mega service, which offers end-to-end encryption of files, and seeks to circumvent the possibility of another high-level raid by allowing a diverse range of companies and individuals to set up servers and host users’ files. Encrypted files stored with Mega will be duplicated and stored with multiple hosts for redundancy protection.
Dotcom announced the opening of Mega from his Twitter feed, saying that the site had over 100,000 registered users in less that one hour. Ars experienced some slowing when trying to register an account, but we were ultimately able to register within five minutes.
“Site is still overloaded. Massive demand. Incredible. I am so happy. Thank you for using #Mega.” Dotcom tweeted at 1pm central time.
According to last night’s interview with Ars freelancer Chris Keall, Mega is launching on the servers of a a professional hosting company for now, a subsidiary of the German-based Cogent, but Dotcom says he has already had over 1,000 responses to his call for expressions of interest in hosting Mega content. Obviously, having a professional hosting company onboard has helped with the launch. “Wow. I have never seen anything like this. From 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes” wrote Dotcom.