Despite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom being warned by the U.S. government not to launch his successor to the now-defunct file-sharing site, he has announced a release date for the new service, as well as launching a holding page that has already received a substantial amount of traffic, apparently.
Dotcom said the holding page which is hosted at Me.ga was already enjoying "millions" of hits. Mega itself will launch on January 20, 2013 -- exactly one year after his arrest by New Zealand authorities that was managed by the United States government.
A considerable percentage of the the visits Mega's holding page was receiving derived from U.S. authorities. "All FBI agents pressing reload hahaha... We see their IP addresses. LOL!!!" he tweeted.
"In the past, securely storing and transferring confidential information required the installation of dedicated software," said a message on Mega's holding page. "The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly. You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us."
Dotcom said in an interview with Reuters that content owners such as film studios may receive direct access to users' uploaded files "if they agree not to make us responsible for actions of users".
Mega's servers, expectantly, will not be hosted within the United States. The holding page urges more investors to inject their cash into the service. "We have raised sufficient funds to cover the launch, but we would like to provide Mega free of charge for as long as possible."