LeaseWeb deletes MegaUpload data from 690 servers without warning

By on June 19, 2013, 12:30 PM

Dutch hosting company LeaseWeb has abruptly deleted all of the data from 690 MegaUpload servers, informing Kim Dotcom they have wiped them all clean. Dotcom has expressed disappointment and frustration, calling the move by LeaseWeb a “huge disaster.”

Since the raids on MegaUpload in January 2012, millions of users have been without the data they stored using the service. It’s been an uphill battle to reclaim data from the sequestered servers, seeing little to no success.

In an interview with TorrentFreak, Dotcom explained that the LeaseWeb servers contained petabytes of data, mostly belonging to MegaUpload’s European users. The deletion came without warning and as a surprise, as Dotcom and his lawyers had requested that the hosting company retain the data while the U.S. court decided the rights of MegaUpload users to their data.

The U.S. has refused all suggestions and requests thus far to return user data. Soon after the raid, Megaupload made arrangements with another of its hosting companies, Carpathia. Carpathia agreed to hand over the servers to Dotcom, but the U.S. government blocked the transfer. Since then, Carpathia has been paying $9,000 per day out of its own pocket to store the servers.

“Carpathia has done the right thing and stored Megaupload servers at their own expense. That’s what Leaseweb should have done after making millions of profits from Megaupload,” said Dotcom.

Perhaps the daily cost of maintaining the servers, coupled with the indefinite period for which they would have to retain them, caused LeaseWeb to make the decision to wipe the data.

“All I can say right now is that everyone is very upset. This is the worst day since the raid for me because I was fighting every day to get users their data back. EVERY DAY!” said Dotcom.

He added that he’s not sure whether MegaUpload can take legal action against LeaseWeb, but his legal team is looking into it.




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3 people like this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Drawing line between that and today's cloud computing, which is also one big caboom short of a disaster. I find this ironic for the age in which people say information is everything

I think he should sue the hell out of LeaseWeb...

MilwaukeeMike said:

Drawing line between that and today's cloud computing, which is also one big caboom short of a disaster. I find this ironic for the age in which people say information is everything

I think he should sue the hell out of LeaseWeb...

It's hard to know the details... If Megaupload and LeaseWeb had a contract, I'll bet that contract included something for LeaseWeb getting paid for their services. If no one can use mega's servers, access it's data, and Kim can barely pay his lawyers, I'd guess LeaseWeb is probably waiting on a few overdue bills. That's probably why he says they're looking into suing them and not just suing them. They're probably trying to find a way to do it because their case might not have much to go on. LeaseWeb might turn around and sue them... although that would probably be a huge waste of time.

3 people like this | Guest said:

Meh...back them up from the NSA servers. :)

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Drawing line between that and today's cloud computing, which is also one big caboom short of a disaster. I find this ironic for the age in which people say information is everything

I think he should sue the hell out of LeaseWeb...

It's hard to know the details... If Megaupload and LeaseWeb had a contract, I'll bet that contract included something for LeaseWeb getting paid for their services. If no one can use mega's servers, access it's data, and Kim can barely pay his lawyers, I'd guess LeaseWeb is probably waiting on a few overdue bills. That's probably why he says they're looking into suing them and not just suing them. They're probably trying to find a way to do it because their case might not have much to go on. LeaseWeb might turn around and sue them... although that would probably be a huge waste of time.

The service was terminated I believe. *NOT* that Kim stopped paying the bills. The service was terminated possibly illegally (interesting where the court case goes from here) and not legit and illegal data stored on there is gone.

I feel for all the legal users of the service who cannot recover data they own and was illegally destroyed due to an illegal takedown of the service!

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Drawing line between that and today's cloud computing, which is also one big caboom short of a disaster. I find this ironic for the age in which people say information is everything

I think he should sue the hell out of LeaseWeb...

Agreed. Hopefully this being made public will destroy their business anyway. It would be a bit of a gamble to rely on their service after what has transpired here wouldn't it?

Guest said:

Every day there is more evidence that the whole cloud concept is BS.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

It's hard to know the details... If Megaupload and LeaseWeb had a contract, I'll bet that contract included something for LeaseWeb getting paid for their services. If no one can use mega's servers, access it's data, and Kim can barely pay his lawyers, I'd guess LeaseWeb is probably waiting on a few overdue bills. That's probably why he says they're looking into suing them and not just suing them. They're probably trying to find a way to do it because their case might not have much to go on. LeaseWeb might turn around and sue them... although that would probably be a huge waste of time.

If this were the case, Dotcom would have received a number of warnings prior to the accident. But not only he didn't, he wasn't warned once about the content being due for deletion, according to the article.

Guest said:

Every day there is more evidence that the whole cloud concept is BS./QUOTE]

Ah, you just wake up now? Something like this needs to happen for you to know how the cloud is just another way of saying we control your data. How naive can you be? The cloud is just a way saying to you. You are our bi atch. We do what ever we want with you so bend over. And we don't care if you brought vaseline.

Guest said:

Cloud is just another way of getting your data without a search warrant. That was the big agreement between tech co and governments. Now do we really need disclosure, full disclosure to see this? Do you think a third party will fight for your data? Cloud anything is just as big of a fraud against gullible children as sady clouse and religions fairy tales and all. Enlighten your selfs and stop believing the operator. Operate your self don't be a knowledge slave.

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