On the surface, it seems members of the amorphous collective called Anonymous have set up the basic infrastructure for “AnonyUpload” (http://www.AnonyUpload.com) as a new substitute for the popular MegaUpload which was taken down last week by United States federal authorities with synchronized arrests of seven individuals in other parts of the world including MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom.
AnonyUpload’s homepage has donation options, notably through PayPal which was criticized and attacked by Anonymous during Operation Payback in the winter of 2010.
As of now, AnonyUpload has closed its donation channel saying that donations “are put on hold” and that “we will try to do our best with what we received already”. Earlier, AnonyUpload stated that it would be basing its servers in Russia.
AnonyUpload also emphasizes that people should use multiple sources and machines for storing, saving and processing files, something called “decentralization”. The site also states that AnonyUpload will not “become a replacement” for MegaUpload.com.
According to AnonyUpload’s progression box, the site is still setting up the servers and that current plans are to have the site officially launch around January 25.
Each registered user will get “FTPs access, which can be used to safely transfer files.”
Also, AnonyUpload seems to condemn the use of advertisements on such sites. It gave a special thanks to Kim Dotcom, founder of MegaUpload, who is currently facing trial for “the past years of services.”
The site also expressed that it wishes to see Dotcom to be released as soon as possible but at the same time warning the MegaUpload founder to “not make that amount of money next time.”
However, it seems many other Anons are unsure of who exactly is behind MegaUpload and who is garnering the donations. Already, there are concerns on the net about the legitimacy of AnonyUpload.
AnonymousPress and Anon_Central tweeted (respectively):
Do not know anything about AnonyUpload except its existance, no clue who is collecting donations
For everyone asking if anonyupload.com is legit or not, we don’t know. You will have to test it yourself.
while other Anons (such as YourAnonNewsBR, Anonymous_DO, etc) flat-out declared AnonyUpload as “fake” and not “Anonymous” and even criticized AnonyUpload as a manipulative move that uses Anonymous as a brand.