We told you about the massive file sharing bust that the FBI conducted in the past few weeks concerning MegaUpload and their servers on several continents. Well, a lot of our readers have asked the burning question, “What about the legit files, can we get those back?” And we are keeping up with the situation, and keeping you folks current…we don’t condone piracy, or any other illegal activities, but we are concerned for their many legitimate members and the data they are standing to lose.
MegaUpload servers were taken offline because according to the FBI claims, of massive copyright infringement, and encouraging their members to participate in copyright infringement. The busts and enforcement measures took the cooperation of officials in several countries across several continents, and when it was all said and done…Petabytes of data had been seized along with the assets, and accounts of the company owners.
In the beginning there were a lot of concerns about the privacy of the individuals that were storing legitimate data on their servers…and, not so much about the “when” they may be able to get the data back, but IF. It was reported earlier this week by several larger online journals that the Department Of Justice was finished with the data and that it was back in the hands of the server leasing companies. It was also reported that data could start getting deleted as quickly as this week. But there have been a few developments since these epiphanies.
After the EFF got into the mix of pleading for the ex-MegaUpload members, the two companies that were providing the hosting for them, Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications said that even though MegaUpload couldn’t pay the bill any more, the data would be safe…for now. Carpathia has partnered with the EFF and created the website megaretrieval.com. On the site they give an email address to make inquiries or claims to your data, and they had a link to a press release.
The press release announced the roll-out of the website in conjunction with the EFF, and then the official statement from Carpathia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian Winter, said, “Carpathia does not have access to any data for Megaupload customers. We support the EFF and their efforts to help
those users that stored legitimate, non-infringing files with Megaupload retrieve their data.”
Presently there is an investigation going on as to how exactly they will be able to distinguish the non-infringing data from the infringement issues. As of yet, there hasn’t been any kind of peeking going on, but chances are if you want to get your data back, you may have to agree to a certain amount of nosiness…
Check back here frequently for updates on how to proceed if you need to recover your data from the Carpathia or Cogent servers. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the MegaUpload fiasco and send us a Tweet to @usenetreviewz.