Kimble reveals MegaWhateverthing

Eine der tragischsten Internet-Storys der letzten Monate dürfte ja die Geschichte von der Zerschlagung von Kimbles MegaUpload gewesen sein, in deren Folge sich der Schwätzer und Verräter in den USA zum Copyright-Märtyrer aufschwingen konnte. Deshalb bin ich nun auch etwas peinlich berührt, dass die Wired, ein Blatt und Website, die ich durchaus schätze, diesem Deppen gleich zwei lange, ausführliche Storys widmet. Einmal ein Portrait von ihm und ein paar Mitarbeitern: Inside the Mansion—and Mind— of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Net und eine erste Vorstellung seines neuen Dienstes Mega:

What Mega and Megaupload do have in common is that they are both one-click, subscriber-based cloud platforms that allow customers to upload, store, access, and share large files. Dotcom, and his Mega partner Mathias Ortmann say the difference is that now those files will first be one-click-encrypted right in a client’s browser, using the so-called Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm. The user is then provided with a second unique key for that file’s decryption.

It will be up to users, and third-party app developers, to control access to any given uploaded file, be it a song, movie, videogame, book, or simple text document. Internet libertarians will surely embrace this new capability.

And because the decryption key is not stored with Mega, the company would have no means to view the uploaded file on its server. It would, Ortmann explains, be impossible for Mega to know, or be responsible for, its users’ uploaded content — a state of affairs engineered to create an ironclad “safe harbor” from liability for Mega, and added piece of mind for the user.

“If servers are lost, if the government comes into a data center and rapes it, if someone hacks the server or steals it, it would give him nothing,” Dotcom explains. “Whatever is uploaded to the site, it is going to be remain closed and private without the key.”

Megaupload Is Dead. Long Live Mega!