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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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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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Only Domains are yet another company helping Kim Dotcom use Paypal to process payments for his new venture Mega.

Paypal have widely publicised guidelines when it comes to processing payments for file sharing services and we do not believe that Paypal will allow a situation to eventuate where companies can bypass those restrictions by reselling services to services which have not met with the approval of Paypal.

Below is a screenshot showing the Only Domains payment page for Mega.

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Below is a screenshot of the Paypal payment page

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We will be working to ensure that this thinly veiled payment processing arrangement is not allowed to continue.

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