January 2013

Mega Piracy: It’s just the beginning

by Editor on January 23, 2013

Mega has only been live a few days, however it’s already becoming a go to place for pirates wanting to share copyright infringing content.

We have detected numerous instances of Mega being used to distribute copyright content including cracks (software to circumvent copyright protection), music, movies and software.

Given that Mega says that it encrypts every file uploaded to it, many pirates are seeing it as the perfect storage vehicle for content that they are wanting to share with other pirates or that they wish to store in safe keeping to hang on to should their other distribution methods come under attack by anti-piracy groups.

Let’s examine some of what we have found so far.

Movies are being shared on Mega from piracy websites. This 2008 movie “Defiance” is being shared from a piracy blog and hosted at Mega for download.

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Hotfile terminated by Paypal.

by Editor on January 21, 2013

Today Paypal took action to terminate it’s relationship with Hotfile.

Hotfile is one of the largest sites on the Internet. A site which has attracted criticism from numerous anti-piracy groups, rights holder associations and rights holders. Having been embroiled in litigation over allegations it encouraged and facilitated copyright infringement it should have expected this day to come.

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Unfortunately it is too often the case that where we find a blatant disregard of copyrights we also find a blatant disregard of human rights.

Recently a young woman was raped in the presence of her partner on a bus in India, a crime which took the life of an innocent victim. The case sent shockwaves around the world as it was noted for it’s savagery and ferociousness. At the same time as the world condemned the mistreatment of women, Hotfile was busy allowing people to share content purporting to depict rape, torture, incest and bestiality.

While the MPAA was taking Hotfile to task for breaches of copyright, we took a holistic view of the systemic problems with the Hotfile service. After substantial examination and research we came up with one simple conclusion. Hotfile is a haven for the sharing of copyright and illegal content.

Paypal took the appropriate action against Hotfile and we would encourage any other payment processor considering doing business with this site to think twice before allowing Hotfile to continue.

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One other site accepting payments for Kim Dotcom’s new venture, Mega, is pay.mobi which appears to be nothing more than a front for the site.

UPDATE: 26th Jan 2013 – Pay.mobi no longer accepts Paypal payments for Mega Memberships

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Clicking a payment button takes you to a checkout page where you are able to pay via a credit card third party payment processor or via Paypal

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Like all of the resellers for Mega, we will be working toward shutting down payment methods for Mega.

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New Zealand company Digiweb is accepting payments for Kim Dotcom’s new venture Mega via credit card and Paypal.

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Below is a screenshot from the DigiWeb shopping cart showing credit cards and Paypal as payment options.

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DigiWeb, like all other resellers for Mega, is providing payment processing facilities to Kim Dotcom to circumvent the likelihood that nobody would process payments for Kim Dotcom’s company directly.

We will be working to shut down all payment processing options for the new Mega.

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Voucher Reseller is processing payments for Kim Dotcom’s new Mega operation using most credit cards and Paypal as payment methods.

UPDATE: 26th Jan 2013 – Voucher Reseller no longer accepts Paypal payments for Mega Memberships

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At the bottom of the sales page is the following statement:

You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud.

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.” Article 12 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Secure Online Collaboration

Share encrypted folders with coworkers or business partners and exchange confidential documents with transparent end-to-end encryption.

Powerful File Manager

View and manage your files in your web browser, with integrated accelerated batch up – and downloading.”

We think that rights holders have the right to be safe from unlawful copyright infringement and that this reseller arrangement will probably not last very long.

We shall be working hard to shut down all reseller arrangements for Kim Dotcom and Mega.

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Yet another Instra owned brand, Europe Registry, is processing payments for Kim Dotcom’s new venture Mega via Paypal.

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Instra Corporation is using multiple brands to resell Mega services. Each of these brands all go through the same Paypal payment gateway.

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We will be working to bring this arrangement to an end as swiftly as possible.

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Another Instra owned brand, Europe Registry, is processing payments for Kim Dotcom’s new venture Mega via Paypal.

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All payments through Paypal go through Instra Corporation’s Paypal account as can be seen below.

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There is a very good reason Mega uses resellers, it’s because no payment processing company would directly work with Kim Dotcom after the MegaUpload case. Resellers of Kim Dotcom’s new service are taking a risk in providing him with payment processing as they themselves may find their payment processing arrangements shut down.

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