File-sharing site Megaupload will make a comeback five years after being shut down, Kim Dotcom has announced.
(CCM) — Controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is set to launch a new version of his infamous Megaupload file-sharing site early next year, he confirmed in a series of tweets during the weekend. The original Megaupload site had 50 million users before it was closed down and the owners were arrested in 2012 by U.S. authorities over concerns that the site was used by music and video pirates. But on Saturday, Dotcom tweeted, "Megaupload comes back on January 20th 2017, the 5th anniversary of the raid. It will be better than the original and it will feel like home." He added that Megaupload 2.0 will not use servers based in the U.S. and hinted that original Megaupload accounts will be reinstated. The new service will provide up to 100 GB of storage per user with no data-transfer limits. Although Dotcom tweeted that the Bitcoin virtual currency will be linked to the service, he did not say how much Megaupload 2.0 will cost or confirm that users will have to use Bitcoins to make payments.
The original Megaupload site hosted a total of 25 million GB of data, much of which has now been deleted, and at one point, Megaupload was the 13th most visited site on the Internet. In 2013, Dotcom launched another file-sharing site called Mega, with which he is no longer involved, while fighting extradition from New Zealand.
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