In the wake of the MegaUpload founders being arrested and having their funds frozen, data servers can no longer be paid for meaning it won’t be long before user data begins to be wiped.
The companies that MegaUpload used for its data storage were Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications and they were initially expected to begin deleting user data as soon as 2nd February. However hopes for a stay of data execution came when Carpathis released a statement saying that the quoted date was not based on any information that it had provided to the government or anyone else. The unfortunate caveat though was that it wouldn’t be able to get any data back to users itself.
“Carpathia Hosting does not have, and has never had, access to the content on Megaupload servers and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to Megaupload’s customers,” read the statement.
Giving users that have been unfairly impacted by the ongoing trial of Kim Dotcom – the owner of MegaUpload – and his staff a little whilte longer to get hold of their files, both Carpathia and Cogent have now announced that there will be at least a two week grace period in which people can continue to access their files.
“The hosting companies have been gracious enough to provide additional time so we can work out some kind of arrangement with the government,” said Ira Rothken, MegaUpload’s U.S. attorney.
MegaUpload’s staff were arrested on the 19th January as part of a crackdown on copyright infringement though Mr Dotcom faces charges for moneylaundering as well.