Megaupload users may lose data by Thursday
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 31/01/2012 18:41
Federal prosecutors in the US have said data from users of Megaupload could start being deleted by Thursday - but the lawyer for its founders says if the servers are wiped his clients will be less able to defend themselves in court.
US prosecutors have blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men including founder Kim Dotcom, who is based in New Zealand. It is alleged the site has facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other content.
Megaupload Users Face Possible Deletion of Data
Federal prosecutors are warning users of the now-defunct Megaupload.com website that private server companies could begin deleting files once stored by the file-sharing site as early as Thursday.
The Justice Department moved to shut down the popular site earlier this month, accusing Megaupload.com's owners and operators of running a scheme to violate copyright laws on movies, music and other entertainment.
Megaupload User Data Could Be Wiped Out Thursday
Fifty million MegaUpload customers stand a good chance of being ticked off Thursday when two hosting companies will likely begin deleting user data -- including legitimate, non-copyright-infringing files -- from MegaUpload's leased servers, according to court documents. The move is part of the ongoing criminal copyright infringement case against the file-sharing site MegaUpload.
Federal authorities earlier in January took MegaUpload and its network of sites offline, charging the company and seven of its employees with copyright infringement allegedly costing content owners in excess of $500 million.
Megaupload data could be deleted starting Thursday
Now that federal officials are done with the data they wanted to review after shutting down file-sharing site Megaupload, the fate of that data is in limbo.
Users who had legitimate files on the site -- work documents, photos, home videos and more -- may see that information deleted as soon as this week.
Little chance of recovering Megaupload data
Megaupload customers have little chance of ever recovering access to personal files they uploaded to the cloud-based storage service despite an agreement by its hosting partners not to delete the data for the time being.
Tens of millions of people around the world have uploaded files to Megaupload, which include personal photos, home videos and software programmes as well as pirated material. As people often upload files to online storage sites to save space on their personal computers, much of the material is unlikely to be backed up.