The news doesn’t get any better for the recently shut down peer-to-peer site, Megaupload, as federal prosecutors warn the 50+ million users of the file-sharing service there data could be deleted by Thursday. This news comes just a week after the Justice Department closed down Megaupload, accusing its owners and operators of violating copyright laws on all entertainment and multimedia platforms. In a letter sent to a federal judge in Virginia, prosecutors claimed to discover two data-storage companies (Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Inc) hosting Megaupload files.
“Now that the United States has completed execution of its search warrants, the United States has no continuing right to access the Mega Servers,” prosecutors wrote in the letter. Carpathia Hosting said it “does not have, and has never had, access to the content on Megaupload servers and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers.” Those caught in the middle can save their data by contacting either server operator directly.
A few days after Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom was obtained by authorities and taken to jail, several P2P sites closed shop as well including FileSonic and Fileshare, just to avoid similar legal ramifications. Smart call.