Mega is the new venture from internet entrepreneur and outlaw famous for his previous website During January of 2012 Kit Dotcom was hunted down by mega and the bitcoinvarious authorities and was caught in his New Zealand mansion for breaching numerous internet piracy laws. Megaupload and its subsidiary Megavideo were targeted by US agencies during the SOPA bill due to the site hosting a large number of files for free breaching copyright laws of various organisations. One year after Megaupload was closed down his new project has come into the internet spotlight.

Mega is the spiritual successor to Megaupload but operates in a different way to the infamous file sharing website. Mega is designed as a cloud storage facility for individuals and businesses who value their online privacy. As we know, Google are notorious for their complete disregard for personal privacy as a means to target advertising to each individual user. Mega would offer you a place to store any personal data with little risk of it being delved through. Although this seems like a great resource for private cloud storage but there is a somewhat darker side to Mega.

Recently Mega announced via Twitter than for their premium service they now accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. Bitcoin is an online currency which has no link to any country’s economy; it is almost like the dollar of the internet. Whilst a fantastic idea to give the internet its own currency it isn’t widely used by most users. Bitcoin is commonly used by the underworld of the internet for purchasing illegal products in the darkest depths of the internet.  They can’t be traced meaning that any connection between buyer and seller is over the minute the transaction is made.

If Mega is trying to be a legitimate online business in a similar vein to Napster after they were shutdown for file sharing why are they deciding to accept such a shady, underground currency? It’s a great idea and works well in practice but is this online business more than meets the eye?

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Christopher Brown is Consett Magazine's lead journalist. Chris enjoys meeting with a whole host of different people to report on what's happening in Consett, Co.Durham.


  1. “a shady, underground currency?”

    The US dollar is far shadier than Bitcoin just by volume of money laundering by drug lords. HSBC admitted to laundering billions for criminal rackets all by themselves.

    But do keep spreading FUD about Bitcoin. I want people to stay away from it as long as possible. The longer it takes for people to adopt Bitcoin, the more people will adopt it en masse thus leading to spike in price.

    It will make me even more wealthy than I already am. All from Bitcoin.

    Keep your dollars. ; )

  2. Shady underground currency??? Bwhahahaha…. whoever penned this trash needs sacking… What is your measure for currency? the holy dollar, always clean… because HSBC will launder it for you…
    Worth mentioning that BTC can never be devalued by a bank, a bank cannot make more BTC. The future is BTC and central-bankers will be doing hard time.

  3. Shady underground currency? It is if you use the Silkroad on the darkweb. The darkweb is a nasty place and since bitcoin is the only accepted currency in these dodgy parts I can see why the author has described it as shady.


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