Posted: Mon 3:45 AM, Jan 30, 2012
Feds: Megaupload Users Could Lose Data By Thursday
Federal prosecutors say data from at least 50 million users of the online storage site Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday.
U.S. prosecutors have blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other content.
Megaupload hires outside companies to store the data, although the company's attorney Ira Rothken says the government has frozen it's money.
A letter filed by prosecutors Friday says storage companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. may begin deleting data Thursday. Spokespersons for the two companies did not respond to messages Sunday night.
Rothken says the company is working with prosecutors to try to keep the data from being erased.