Kim Dotcom and Megaupload have been in the news quite a bit lately as both the owner and his file sharing website were actively targeted by law enforcement agencies. Although Dotcom may have taken a beating in regards to that venture, that hasn’t stopped him from looking for a new venture and this time it comes in the form of a service that he calls Mega.
Like his previous project, Mega is also a file sharing service, but this time around, Dotcom has employed a number of different processes that he hopes will keep the site beyond the reach of the long arm of the law. To begin with, Mega is not hosted in the United States meaning that it is outside of US jurisdiction. This however means little due to the relationships between governments, but Mega will also make use of encryption technology.
One of the big differences between Mega and Megaupload in terms of server set up is Dotcom will now use both private and public servers that are located around the world. This means that there will not be a single point of failure. Additionally, users of the service will be required to install specialized software which will both encrypt and decrypt packets on the fly. With this software, the servers will not host any decryption keys as these will only reside with the end user. The site will also make use of high speed parallel batch downloading, uploading and will also support a resume function. Mega will also move away from centralized storage in favour of global hosting partners which again adds a layer of redundancy and reduces the risk of a take down.