Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Uri Halevi
They thought they had him when they terminated Megaupload, but Kim Dotcom is back and he is bigger then ever. Introducing MEGA – A free 50GB file hosting service that offers users an alternative to Box.net and Dropbox.
For the past few months the world held it’s breath in anticipation for the launch of MEGA, the latest project of the notorious Kim Dotcom. This revolutionary website shakes the online storage world industry, mostly because of Kim’s declaration that MEGA users will get 50GB of free and secure cloud storage. One year after Megaupload got terminated, it’s successor launches on the domain mega.co.nz as a tribute Kim payed it’s new adopted home: New Zealand (or is it? the company was denied the domain name me.ga by the Gabonese Republic…). Anyway, this file hosting service offers a lot more then the competition does, and for us simple users it’s free of charge.
MEGA will raise or fall on this simple question. They call themselves ‘The Privacy Company’ but one cannot forget that the person behind this site is a man who was convicted of several crimes, and received a suspended prison sentence in 1994 for computer fraud and data espionage, and another suspended prison sentence in 2003 for insider trading and embezzlement. So the question whether I choose to upload personal and maybe sensitive stuff to an ‘online hard-disk’ that may be controlled by him is always at the edge of my consciousness… On the other hand, MEGA are offering rewards to anyone reporting a previously unknown security-relevant bug or design flaw. You can earn up to EUR 10,000 per bug, depending on its complexity and impact potential. Try MEGA, their service is really amazing, and it’s completely free.
I’m sure that the board of directors of both DropBox and Box were all left without any fingernails after this grand MEGA launch, and they do have a reason be worried! If MEGA turns out to be as promising as it seems, they will be left without a job or at least forced to make some changes in their business plans… The 3GB that DropBox provide or even the 5GB Box offers seems kind of lame next to MEGA’s 50GB… But as I said before, only time will tell if Kim Dotcom didn’t pull another joke on us, and that his product really works.