ONE OF THE FIRMS ENTRUSTED with the data seized in the Megaupload shutdown apparently has deleted it.
Leaseweb, says Kim Dotcom, has taken it upon itself to rid its servers of the Megaupload burden. He is not happy.
"VERY BAD NEWS: #Leaseweb has wiped ALL #Megaupload servers. All user data & crucial evidence for our defense destroyed ‘without warning'," he tweeted.
"While @EFF is fighting for the rights of #Megaupload users in U.S. court #Leaseweb has taken it upon themselfs to play judge & executioner."
We have attempted to contact Leaseweb to see if it can confirm that this is the case. Dotcom is sure though, and says that petabytes of data have gone.
"This is the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet caused by the U.S. government, the Department of Justice & #Leaseweb," he added.
"#Leaseweb has NOT warned us about deleting #Megaupload servers. They informed us TODAY that servers were deleted on February 1st, 2013."
Dotcom said that Megaupload lawyers have repeatedly asked the firm not to delete the content, but that ultimately it ignored them and destroyed the data belonging to millions of Megaupload accounts.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is in the corner of one chap, Kyle Goodwin, a sports photographer who hosted his content through Megaupload, and has said that it will also support any other Megaupload user that comes forward.
"Megaupload had many lawful customers, yet those people were given no notice that they might lose access to their data and no clear path to getting their property back," the EFF said over a year ago.
"Setting aside the legal case against Megaupload, the government should try to avoid this kind of collateral damage, not create it."
Dotcom said that the Leaseweb deletion means that the data is "irreversibly lost". µ
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