Kim Dotcom announces Megaupload replacement

Posted by Emma Woollacott

File-sharing fat boy Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new service, Mega, the successor to the Megaupload service that's got him in so much trouble.

He says the new service will give users direct control over their files, and will launch next January.

"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," he explains.

"Before, you had to install the Mega Manager on every computer you used Megaupload from. Now, high-speed parallel batch uploading and downloading with resume capability are integral parts of the Mega website."

Unlike Megaupload, Mega.com won't use US-based hosting companies, he says, to try and maintain user privacy and avoid any trouble with the US authorities.

"Before, we operated only a handful of storage nodes located in expensive premium data centers," he says. Now, thanks to encryption, we can connect a large number of hosting partners around the world without worrying about privacy breaches," he says.

"Our servers will be closer to our customers. This will result in faster data transfers."

The service will launch just before Dotcom's extradition hearing in New Zealand. The US goverment has accused him of hosting illegally-uploaded content on the Megaupload site.