First MegaUpload, now Mega

by Eric C
As many people have heard by now, MegaUpload was seized by the FBI for copyright infringement and the clever designer behind it, Kim Dotcom, announced he will be opening up a new digital storage site simply called Mega. The main difference for Mega is the ability for users to encrypt right when anybody uploads files from their web browser. Using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), nobody but the original uploader will be able to access the files. The decryption key is stored with the user whenever he/she needs to access their files and it was made clear Mega will not have access to these decryption keys. As a result, this will prevent any prying eyes from knowing what the contents of a user’s files are. Not only that, but Mega will store all customers’ data onto two different servers located in different countries. Each server will have the ability to have identical copies and work in real time. However, the article did not specify what kind of database technology will be used for the new servers and how the new server will work in terms of making redundant copies from across the world.

When developing a modified database to store all kinds of files, it takes up time to figure out whether or not database will work according to the new business rules for Mega. In order to achieve the redundant copying from server to server in different countries, a rework of the system will be required. Database designers will have to make sure that each database will be storing identical data on the fly with no down-time or significant delay. Also, implementing encryption will possibly take up time to implement in a database or cloud service.

I found this article to be very interesting in terms of Kim Dotcom’s persistence to keep his service in operation for many users to continue using. It is impressive that after being taken down from the FBI, he is willing to get back up on his feet and risk future lawsuits and risk being up on trial again. Although there is not much information provided as to how this new service will work in terms of redundant servers throughout the world, it will be interesting to know how well it works.

Sources:

Graeber, C. (2012, October 18). Megaupload Is Dead. Long Live Mega!. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/10/megaupload-mega/

3 thoughts on “First MegaUpload, now Mega

  • October 22, 2012 at 9:32 am
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    I actually did a paper on Kim Dotcom for my CS375 Computer and Society class. This guy was facing 15 years in prison. It is amazing how he is back on his feet again by hosting data storage. He is not scared at all to face another lawsuit. I agree with you that it will take time to figure out whether or not database will work with “Mega’s” new business rules. The integrity will have to be maintained.

  • October 28, 2012 at 1:47 am
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    It was amazing reading the article that talks about how the creator of Megaupload want to go back again in business with a “new” concept of data storage. It will be interesting seeing how Mega will be different from the past version so that they will avoid lawsuits in the future. I think they will need to enforce data encryption so that other people won’t have access to other people’s files and certainly avoid copyrights and piracy conflicts.

  • October 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm
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    Its interesting to see that he is back to hosting files, legal, or otherwise, after getting arrested for it only a few months ago. I wonder how they will treat this new version of mega. I can only assume that since people will probably give out the keys to decrypt their files, that it will get taken down again, encryption or not. I would also be interested to see what laws will come out of this, as a response to him trying to circumvent the laws already in place. It would be very neat to see what database programs they are using to create this new service.

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