Megaupload 2.0 to Relaunch With Everyone's Old Account Data

By Gary Cutlack on at

The file sharing behemoth that kicked off that weird period of the internet when everyone only talked about Kim Dotcom is about to return, with a rebooted Megaupload 2.0 coming back some time in early 2017 -- and it'll have all of the user account data of original users, too.

That means Kim Dotcom's got everyone's data on a server or USB stick somewhere, which is slightly worrying, but still. According to TorrentFreak the site should relaunch in January of 2017 to mark the five year anniversary of Dotcom's original bust by authorities and the start of his neverending legal battles.

All previous Mega users should see their old accounts restored alongside 100GB of free storage space to use to sync files across devices, plus some sort of encryption, should the FBI decide to helicopter a team in to seize the  servers, will be in place to ensure stuff shared across the service stays securely locked away while in the clouds alongside Kim Dotcom's private jet.

Ever the publicist, Dotcom said via his Twitter account that he expects Megaupload 2.0 to launch with " 100m users on day 1" thanks to reactivating all the old accounts, plus nothing will be based in the US for obvious security reasons and added that "We are not using any legacy code. It's all brand new based on the latest technology." [TorrentFreak]

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