Mega-search.me, search engine for Mega – full of pirated content

Posted 31 January 2013 16:05 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

A search engine for the recently launched Mega appeared. The search engine has an index of files stored on Mega and gives access to large amounts of mainly pirated content. Mega has discovered the search engine and is actively deleting the files. In order for files to appear in the index, users need to manually add their files.

Mega is a new venture of Kim Dotcom and is designed to encrypt files stored on the service.This means that the people running Mega.co.nz are unable to see what’s stored on their servers and Dotcom hopes that it this way cant  be held responsible for any copyright infringements.

His former filesharing service MegaUpload was closed by the entertainment industry because it allegedly was used for distributing pirated content.  Dotcom claims that currently 50 millions files are stored on Mega. He also claims that 0,001% of them infringe copyright and have been taken down by copyright owners. A public index of pirated files totally ignores the encryption and could get Dotcom in trouble again. That’s probably the reason Mega is actively deleting files appearing in the index.

It’s unknown who the owners of The Mega-search.me website are but it seems to be run by France based webmasters. The site serves French advertisements and more French sites are hosted on the same server. The domain information which would normally reveal the owners is blocked by usage of a domain privacy company.


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