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Filehosting now dead kthnx..

20 comments, 776 views, posted 1:51 pm 23/01/2012 in Teh Internet by dr3n
dr3n has 5616 posts, 2209 threads, 1016 points
Shark Jesus died for YOUR fins...

Cyberlocker Ecosystem Shocked As Big Players Take Drastic Action
In the wake of last week’s Megaupload shutdown, some of the biggest names in the market are taking drastic action. During the last 48 hours many sites have completely withdrawn their systems for paying uploaders when their files are shared with others, but one of the most dramatic moves came first from Filesonic and today Fileserve. Both services now forbid people from downloading any files they didn’t upload themselves.

While the shutdown last week of Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and management team was certainly dramatic, a situation of perhaps even greater gravity is beginning to emerge.

Over the past 48 to 72 hours, the operators of many prominent cyberlocker services have been taking unprecedented actions that can not simply be explained away by mere coincidence. The details in the Megaupload indictment clearly have some players in the file-hosting world spooked.

One of the key allegations is that between 2005 and mid 2011, Megaupload ran a program that rewarded users for uploading infringing material. A cited internal email allegedly shows staff members discussing cash payments going to people uploading “full popular DVD rips” and “software with keygenerators (Warez)”.

Although Megaupload stopped paying out rewards in July 2011, that didn’t stop the site from getting raided. Other cyberlocker services are clearly hoping they will be more lucky.

Last evening Filesonic, a top 10 player in the file-sharing world with a billion pageviews a month, not only withdrew its affiliate rewards program, but also banned any third parties downloading files. Simply put, users can now only download files from the service that they uploaded themselves.

But according to reports, there’s no guarantee of that. Account owners report that their files are being mass deleted, that’s if their entire account has been banned already.

Fileserve, another leading player, also ended its affiliate program this weekend. Additionally, this morning TorrentFreak received news that Fileserve has now joined Filesonic in banning all 3rd party downloads.

“I just paid for a premium account and can now only download my own fucking files an unlimited number of times,” said one angry user. “What use is that?”

Other users of Fileserve are experiencing an even further degraded level of service. Reports describe mass deletion of their uploads and the banning of accounts on apparent ‘Terms of Service’ violations.


But the changes at these two services appears to be just the tip of a very big and very complex iceberg. Developments at other file-hosting services are widespread.

As previously reported, Uploaded.to banned all US IP addresses in what appears to be an effort to distance itself from US jurisdiction. Its affiliate program is still listed as operational but the same cannot be said about those run by some of its competitors.

VideoBB and VideoZer have both reportedly closed their rewards program and according to reports have also been mass deleting accounts and huge numbers of files. Other sites closing their affiliate programs and/or deleting accounts/files include FileJungle, UploadStation and FilePost.

Another interesting development involves so-called ‘release blogs’, sites that report on leaked material but either provide links to the material on cyberlockers or allow their users to do the same. The number of overall releases hasn’t changed much but the links currently being posted on some of these sites show less variety and volume than they did this time last week.

Update: Smaller host UploadBox calls it quits. “All files will be deleted on January 30th. Feel free to download the files you store with UploadBox until this date.”

Megaupload: Dead
Hotfile: Dead
Fileserve: Dead
Filesonic: Dead
Filejungle: Dead
Uploadstation: Dead
Filepost: As good as Dead
Mixturecloud: Dead

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griffin (10), bradpitt (5), Zeddicus (10), ctxmark (5), Paracelsus (3)

Comments

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2:08 pm 23/01/2012

marksyzm

Whoa

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2:19 pm 23/01/2012

dr3n

Yeah.. It's fucked up..

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2:30 pm 23/01/2012

griffin

Well how long did people think it was going to last? They were facilitating wholesale robbery. Receiving stolen goods, if you will.
I installed xbmc a few weeks ago, and installed the Icefilms addon that a friend suggested. The first thing that occurred to me was 'how the fuck are they getting away with this?'

On the other hand, I sense a great rise in torrenting on the way.

Be careful out there, kiddies.

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2:32 pm 23/01/2012

dr3n

Quote by griffin:
I sense a great rise in torrenting on the way


nail on the head mate..

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2:45 pm 23/01/2012

marksyzm

Quote by griffin:
Well how long did people think it was going to last? They were facilitating wholesale robbery. Receiving stolen goods, if you will.


I think *everyone* was wondering how they were getting away with it

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4:41 pm 23/01/2012

Flee

and my newsgroups stay untouched....

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5:04 pm 23/01/2012

Cnik

what really sucks is that it effects sites like Sidereel.

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5:24 pm 23/01/2012

mohit_117

I downloaded about 5 files off mediafire that I had in a folder there... fearing they might get deleted.... one of the files were important, rest 4 was only warez stuff which I had found after lot of search on google...

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5:25 pm 23/01/2012

HeadOfPins

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6:35 pm 23/01/2012

bradpitt

tbh it was alot more fun grabbing stuff before these stes were around. what was it? -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” mp3 or somthin like that

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6:39 pm 23/01/2012

Flee

"Parent Directory"

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8:08 pm 23/01/2012

thecrookedman

Job-killing regulations strike again.

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8:40 pm 23/01/2012

griffin

Quote by thecrookedman:
Job-killing regulations strike again.


???

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8:59 pm 23/01/2012

Flee

He's talking about the entire direct to DVD market. All those movies will now go unwatched

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9:10 pm 23/01/2012

griffin

Quote by Flee:
He's talking about the entire direct to DVD market. All those movies will now go unwatched

It's so bad that people may have to start paying for porn.

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9:15 pm 23/01/2012

HeadOfPins

Quote by griffin:


It's so bad that people may have to start paying for porn.


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9:38 pm 23/01/2012

marksyzm

Oron is the saviour

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3:03 pm 24/01/2012

The4thnobleman

Seems like SOPA was just an excuse to legitimize this whole thing.....can't block us from them, just block them from us I spose.

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4:10 pm 24/01/2012

Cnik

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/14-free-megaupload-alternatives/

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4:47 pm 24/01/2012

mohit_117

I just checked the megaupload website... it's got a FBI message picture telling viewers that the site is down...

rehosted the image to imgur...:

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