MegaUpload Users' Data in Danger of Being Erased

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 30 January 2012 17:04

MegaUpload Logo

Kim Dotcom

If you haven't heard, the data-storage website MegaUpload was taken down by the FBI, and seven of its administrators, including founder Kim "Dotcom" (pictured above), were arrested, all in the name of copyright. Well now the prosecutors in the case are warning that the data that MegaUpload has stored is in risk of deletion. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the companies that actually do the data storage (MegaUpload hires out for that), Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, "may" start to delete the data as early as Thursday. MegaUpload attorney Ira Rothken is trying to work with the prosecutors to not have the data deleted, saying, "We're cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done." Ever since the domain was taken down, users haven't had access to their data and may never have it again. If you try to access the website now, you'll be greeted by a takedown notice with the DoJ, FBI, and IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Center symbols, and a message saying the following:

This domain name associated with the website has been seized pursuant to an order issued by a U.S. District Court. 

A federal grand jury has indicted several individuals and entities allegedly involved in the operation of and related websites charging them with the follwing federal crimes;

Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering (178 U.S.C. § 1962(d)), Conspiracy to Commit Copyright Infringement (18 U.S.C. § 371), Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1956(h)), and Criminal Copyright Infringement (17 U.S.C.§§2, 2319; 17 U.S.C. § 506).