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Mega Goes Down As 250,000 Users Sign Up

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 13:25 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Earlier today Kim Dotcom and his team decided to open up Mega to the public.

Soon after the announcement thousands of people registered an account, every minute.

“I have never seen anything like this. From 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes,” Dotcom wrote in a tweet.

A few hours later Mega’s user count hit 250,000.

Unfortunately, the site’s servers can’t keep up with the demand and Mega is suffering frequent downtime.

The Help section on the new site has some great advice:

Always keep redundant copies of important files, online and offline. Although we keep each file in at least two locations, there is no guarantee against multiple concurrent failures and repeated unprecedented government misconduct.

  1. Really, not smart enough to rate-limit signups? There’s a reason lots of services start with an invite-code based beta…

    I was trying to figure out whether the new mega could still be used to distribute pirated content. Given that the base paid account gets something like 500GB storage and 1TB bandwidth (/mo?), presumably the free accounts are smaller. Neither of those lets you seed a whole lot of movie torrents. So have they gone clean?

    (mega site isn’t loading for me anymore so can’t check the spec but I think it’s close.)

  2. Well, you’re probably going to call me cynical again, but I think the rate limiting was omitted on purpose. What better publicity than this?

  3. Hmm, it does seem to have worked to get you to post this…

  4. See what I mean? 🙂

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