I am not sure if anyone remembers the legendary former hacker that was a self-made millionaire that goes by the name of Mr. Kim Dotcom? His real name is Mr. Kim Schmitz. He was the former hacker that was arrested while throwing a huge birthday bash for himself at his mega mansion in Auckland, New Zealand. Mr. Dotcom is a permanent resident of New Zealand. At the time of his arrest in January 2012, Mr. Dotcom was worth an estimated $42 million (USD). His operations were conducted in Hong Kong despite not having his offices located there, and he was able to run his online services for hosting, file storage, storage sharing, and viewing.
It was the viewing section of his services that got Mr. Dotcom in trouble with the law and U.S. authorities. Mr. Dotcom’s “MegaUpload” site offered discounted prices for shared music, movies and other entertainment media downloads. He was reaping criminal profits from the illegal distribution of recorded copyrighted works.
Mr. Dotcom of course denied any wrong-doing based on the charges that were leveled against him. However, the MegaUpload site was immediately shut down by law enforcement, and all of Mr. Dotcom’s assets were seized. He served up to a year in prison and after his release, most of his luxury assets were returned. The authorities wanted to make more of an example of him rather than seeking a harsh punishment. However, the seizure of “MegaUpload’s” assets did not come without consequences. The hacker collective group known as “Anonymous” retaliated against the sentencing of Mr. Dotcom by launching an extensive distributive denial of service (DDoS) attack against the U.S. government and certain copyright legal sites.
Now what does Mr. Kim Dotcom do? Why launch another series of websites, of course! Mr. Dotcom launched the new website that is simply called “Mega,” in January 2013. The re-launch day ironically coincided with the day he was arrested by the FBI, which is also his birthday. At this time, the “Mega” website is still operational. (I have not verified this myself because of the risk.) While doing his re-launch of the site, Mr. Dotcom thought of other income generating websites that he could launch. Websites such as “MegaChat” is a public service for end-to-end encrypted video and audio chat services. The launch of “MegaChat” led him to the idea for development of a non-linked network website that he is calling “MegaNet.”
Mr. Dotcom’s “MegaNet” idea is where it gets really interesting. “MegaNet” is not based on the traditional technology of TCP/IP, but it does use encrypted radio signals that exist over the bandwidth capacity of mobile phone technology. Therefore, users of the new “MegaNet” would not have to worry about having static or dynamic IP addresses. The entire idea rests on the fact of how powerful mobile phones have become in increasing bandwidth and capacity over the years. The mobile phones are now able to retain more data and communications traffic. It’s an awesome concept. However, we all just need to see how his new concept of technology may sustain itself as a profitable new start-up for Mr. Kim Dotcom.