Remember that cloud storage service that Kim Dotcom said was ultra-private and secure? Well now it’s not. According to him, Mega has been compromised and the New Zealand government is now secretly in control of the service, which is why he is no longer involving himself with Mega and is working on his third attempt to create a private and secure cloud storage service.
Kim Dotcom has warned that the New Zealand government now has covert control of cloud storage service Mega — so he’s going to launch a third iteration of the site. The German-born entrepreneur, would-be politician, evader of US law-makers and some time electronica musician made the statements in a wide-ranging interview with Slashdot users. Dotcom’s original hosting service Megaupload had its servers wiped clean before US authorities launched an effort to have him extradited on charges of hosting and encouraging the upload of stolen media. A lawsuit followed, but this did not deter the larger-than-life character from launching Megaupload successor Mega, designed to be faster and more secure than any competitors on the market. Believing that in a post-Edward Snowden world the demand for encrypted services would spike, he also promised an encrypted messaging service — “we want to make encryption easy for everybody, so you don’t have to think about how it works. It just happens in the background,” he told WIRED.co.uk at the time. But all those dreams look dashed — for now.