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MegaUpload Accounted for a Quarter of All Corporate Traffic—More than Dropbox

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We tend to think of corporations as monolithic, singular entities. But they're not. They're just companies, normal companies run by normal people—people that really, really loved downloading stuff from MegaUpload while on the clock.

According to network data assembled by security vendor Palo Alto Networks, MegaUpload usage accounted for a full 25-percent of the corporate network traffic it monitored. PAN's security software monitored the gateways of 1,636 businesses worldwide—most of which employed more than 2,500 people—and recorded traffic numbers over a week's span.

PAN reports that while MegaUpload was only found on 57-percent of corporate networks—compared to DropBox's 76-percent—it moved 20,405GB of data to Dropbox's 17,573GB. FileSonic, which also appeared on 57-percent of networks pull through a paltry 4,058GB. In total, PAN found that 10.9 million gigabytes of content were consumed through the 1,600 corporate networks, including both web-based and peer-to-peer file sharing applications.


Now this isn't just porn and anime, mind you. In fact, most of the downloaded content on these networks was business-related. "Of the top-20 file downloads found on December 5th, 2011, six of the files were software applications, eight were games or game demos, and six were movie trailers," PAN stated in its report. [ArsTechnica]