Mega: Hypocrisy, Piracy and Porn

In a recently released report, focussing on the partnership between credit card companies and file lockers, Mega was named as one of the worst piracy sites in the world. In response, and showing the sheer arrogance of Kim Dotcom, Mega have decided to sue Netnames for defamation.

MEGA

We have been studying Mega since it first opened and we noticed piracy taking place on the site from the very beginning. Now 18 months on, the amount of piracy taking place on Mega is staggering, despite Mega not appearing to have pay per download program for uploaders.

Pirates monetise piracy taking place on Mega using ad networks that display an ad before redirecting users to pirated content. Such ad networks include adf.ly which displays an interstatial ad that cannot be bypassed before redirecting the user to the content being linked to.

Mega is a haven for piracy. Out of the top twenty sites (by number of links to Mega) most of them link to pirated content hosted on Mega.

Mega referring sites

Piracy on Mega

Frozen – Movie Piracy

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ChayFile.com: Loses Payment Processing

A new up and coming file locker ChayFile has been deprived of payment processing. It is common knowledge that Paypal will not process for illegal file lockers, yet ChayFile decided to try their luck – last week their luck ran out.

ChayFile  Cloud File Storage

ChayFile  Cloud File Storage

Error  Your purchase couldn t be completed  PayPal

We will continue to target file lockers big and small to mitigate the huge amount of copyright infringement and distribution of illegal content that these sites engage in.

OBoom: Merchant Accounts Closed

OBoom.com is a file locker which we have detailed in this blog as hosting illegal pornography. However OBoom also hosts large amounts of copyright infringing mainstream content such as Television Programs, Software and Movies.

OBOOM com  keep your moments on file

This week OBoom was finally deprived of credit card processing. The only payment options left are Paysafe Card, Bitcoin, Webmoney or Vorkasse which are not used by the majority of people who visit the site.

OBOOM com  keep your moments on file

As we have seen with other file lockers who have their merchant accounts closed, the site will soon run into financial difficulty as sales plummet, uploaders stop getting paid on time and server fees are not met. It costs a lot of money to host as much illegal and infringing content as OBoom, so without the convenience of credit card payments or popular payment processing options such as Paypal, the site will soon face severe problems.

Update: 13th September 2014: Oboom added reseller Premium Issuer in order to accept credit cards, however now Premium Issuer are unable to process credit card payments.

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FileOM: Offline and unlikely to return

From early July we began to target FileOM and it’s payment processing arrangements. We explored the site’s piracy of more than a million webcam videos – with over 18,000 videos shared from just one site – and then once the site lost it’s credit card processing in August we wrote about the failed attempt by Xerver to buy the site.

Now more than a month since all forms of payment processing were terminated the site is offline. FileOM may be simply restructuring under new hosting arrangements but we currently believe that they have failed to pay their hosting fees. Currently all servers used by the site are unreachable.

FileOM  Easy way to share your files

Time will tell if FileOM is able to be recovered, however forums and blogs are already removing links to files on the site.

FileInz – A File Locker in Trouble

FileInz.com came into being during the middle of this year. It’s one of dozens of file lockers who promote their service to pirates on the home of piracy webmasters and thieves, WJunction.

Fileinz  The best way to share your files

Like most file lockers, FileInz pays uploaders based on the number of downloads they receive.

Fileinz  The best way to share your files

Since launching there has been an exponential growth in the number of links to FileInz from piracy source domains, such as piracy forums, blogs, link lists, link dumps and file search engines.

Rapid Growth in Piracy

Fileinz growth

The above chart shows the growth in the number of piracy links and linking piracy domains based on the posts placed on those linking domains by pirates.

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Yonzy. New file locker linked to Imgah.com

Yonzy is a new file locker which launched just a few days ago. The file locker has announced it’s presence to the pirates and thieves on WJunction.

Yonzy wjunction offer

Like most file lockers we have investigated, Yonzy offers paid rewards to uploaders of content. They pay uploaders a commission upon a signup to the file locker and also pay up to $13.00 per 1000 downloads that a file receives.

What we have found is that the image hosting site Imgah.com now redirects to Yonzy.com

Yonzy links

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Resellers: Providing Access to Illegal File Lockers

Many file lockers that lose, or risk losing direct payment processing turn to resellers in order to bypass restrictions placed on their direct payment processing.

One such site is VIP-KEYS.COM which is processing payments for dozens of file lockers, many of which have lost direct payment processing methods.

Premium Accounts

Time is running out for resellers as we refine our understanding of their business processes and seek to mitigate their ability to process payments.

VIP-KEYS.COM use a Russian bank to process Visa and Mastercard and it’s is likely that either an arrangement has been made with that bank or that the bank is unaware of the true nature of the business it is processing credit cards for.

We are working through the vast networks of resellers and slowly knocking them out as options for sites like FileOM which lost all of it’s direct payment processing two weeks ago.