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Megaupload data safe for now

Published: 9:59AM Tuesday January 31, 2012 Source: ONE News

Data belonging to Megaupload users will be safe for at least another two weeks.
Two third party hosting companies today agreed to preserve the data so Megaupload can work with US prosecutors.

The site's data has been held by storage companies Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications Group since the site was shut down.

Lawyer for Megaupload, Ira Rothken, tweeted today:
"Carpathia and Cogent agreed to preserve consumer data for additional time of at least two weeks so #Megaupload can work with US on proposal"
Users have been unable to access data since the file storing service was raided earlier this month.

It was earlier thought that data would begin to be deleted from Thursday.

Lawyer for Megaupload, Ira Rothken, told the Associated Press that of the service's 150 million registered users, at least 50 million faced losing their data.

Have you been affected by the shutdown of and if so, how do you feel about not being able to access data or losing it completely? Email your response to

Although the US copied some data, it did not remove any servers from the premises of either storage company.

A letter from the The US Attorney's Office explains that the data "remains at the premises controlled by, and currently under the control of Carpathia and Cogent".

The US Attorney's Office letter stated, "should the defendants wish to obtain independent access... that issue must be resolved directly with Cogent or Carpathia."

Megaupload has about 50 million registered users, making it one of the most popular file-storing services in the world.

The US is seeking to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three other defendants for allegedly robbing copyright holders of more than $612m in revenue.