NEITHER SHY NOR RETIRING digital storage entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has revealed some user numbers for his Mega locker service.
Dotcom launched Mega in January, a year after US authorities shut down and seized it predecessor Megaupload. In those four weeks it has gathered a lot of attention and a lot of members.
Mega was in hot demand when it launched and the firm was unprepared for the sort of traffic that came its way. Now though, with dust settled, Dotcom has already started talking about attempts to hack or subvert his proposition.
"#Mega launched 1 month ago: 3M+ users, 125M+ files, encryption unbroken," he said in a tweeted message yesterday. "Most bugs fixed, mobile apps & sync client coming soon."
He didn't reveal the number of paying users and free members are given a bountiful 50GB of storage to play with. Dotcom boasted of a million signups in the first 24 hours, but it's possible that after an initial rush of users, interest might have tailed off.
Reservations about the firm and its encryption methods aside, 50GB is a rather large portable digital briefcase to have at your disposal.
Dotcom, who became a colourful dotcom millionaire in the 2000s, said that the website is all about privacy and called it a "mission". "#Mega is not just a company. It's a belief. It's a mission. It's a guardian angel of your rights, freedom & privacy," he said. µ