Megaupload was taken down a couple of weeks ago as part of a global government move. Authorities in the U.S., Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Phillipines, the U.K., and Germany worked in conjunction to take the website down. Now federal prosecutors are saying that data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as this Thursday. Millions of users stored their personal data including family photos and documents on Megaupload, but they have not been able to see their data since the government raid.
Megaupload worked with outside companies to store the data for a fee. Storage companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. may start deleting some of the hosted data on Thursday. The government copied some data from the servers, but did not physically take them. After executing search warrants, the government has no right to access the data. The servers are controlled by Carpathia and Cogent the future of the data must be resolved with them, said the federal prosecutors.
The company is working with prosecutors to try and keep the data from being erased. This puts 50 million Megaupload users in danger.