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Kim Dotcom credits MPAA, RIAA for rapid growth of Mega cloud storage

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Sun May 4, 2014

Cloud service has seen 300 percent increase in uploads over six months

Kim Dotcom, founder of the legally-troubled internet storage locker service Megaupload, believes that the entities involved in the case of his previous business venture are at least partially responsible for the growth of his newest service, Mega. Boasting upload growth since November in a graph posted by Dotcom, Mega has seen a 300 percent growth over the past six months.

Speaking with Torrentfreak, Dotcom offered that one of the reasons in the rapid growth in Mega has been due to the lawsuits brought on by the MPAA and RIAA against Megaupload. "People spend more time at the computer [in winter] due to the cold weather, the lawsuits by the MPAA and RIAA which advertised Mega and the ongoing advertising from the dumbest-ever US Department of Justice case" are just a few of the factors, says Dotcom.

At over half a billion files uploaded to the service a month, privacy has to be a concern to users who flock to the service as well. Mega encrypts files with an Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm via Javascript on the client machine when uploaded, and then decrypts them when downloaded. This way, Mega has no involvement in the content of the files, since all encryption actions are handled locally.

Mega is also given a leg up in another area when compared to other popular cloud storage services such as Dropbox or OneDrive which don't encrypt every file stored in the process. The price -- 50GB for free or 4TB starting at $11.55 (€8.33) a month -- is most certainly a factor. Single user account pricing for Dropbox starts at $50 per month for 500 GB.

Users are flocking to the service, be it for the reasons Dotcom gives or the enhanced security and competitive pricing Mega is offering. For Dotcom, all that he can assess are the continuing growth numbers that have so far driven the cloud service to be ranked 667 globally in traffic on Alexa. "We are experiencing massive growth. We can't add new servers and bandwidth fast enough"

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