Mega's first search engine blocked

Last updated 05:00 02/02/2013
Kim Dotcom
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NOT ME: Kim Dotcom claims to have nothing to do with the blocked search engine.

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Kim Dotcom's new sharing website Mega has come a little closer to resembling its old, closed-down version, Megaupload. Anonymous users launched a search engine that indexes files uploaded on the new sharing service, potentially making it easier to find copyright-protected material.

Yesterday, less than 24 hours after the first news reports of the existence of the third-party engine surfaced, Dotcom blocked it. The engine, called Mega-Search.me, is not available anymore.

A message in French on its home page reads (according to a Google Translate translation): "Due to a script developed by Mega to delete all files indexed in Mega-search, the engine is temporarily unavailable. A solution to overcome this problem will be made shortly."

The files on Mega are encrypted so the engine relied on a very simple technique to index files: crowdsourcing. Users were encouraged to submit links and names of the files they had in their Mega clouds. Once you found what you were looking for, you could transfer the file to your own account or download it directly.

It is unclear who made the site, but according to WHOIS, the internet equivalent of White Pages, the site was registered on January 20, the same day of Mega's launch. Reports of its existence first surfaced on Wednesday and Mega's response came roughly less than a day after the news came out.

The block comes after Dotcom's own site was stung with 150 copyright warnings earlier this week.

Ira Rothken, Dotcom's lawyer, told Wired that Mega has no involvement with Mega-search.me.

According to The Next Web, most of the files available on Mega-search.me were pirated movies, music, games or software.

Mega's quick response might be a sign that Dotcom's new company is really serious about copyright, and wants to avoid being shut down like Megaupload.

Mashable is the largest independent news source covering digital culture, social media and technology.

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