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All Data Wiped from MegaUpload Servers

By - Source: PCWorld | B 28 comments

LeaseWeb says data was deleted back in February.

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom told his Twitter followers today that hosting company LeaseWeb had wiped MegaUpload user data from more than 600 servers without warning. According to Dotcom, LeaseWeb wiped all MegaUpload servers without warning and all user data as well as "crucial evidence" for MegaUpload's defense has been destroyed.

"Millions of personal #Megaupload files, petabytes of pictures, backups, personal & business property forever destroyed by #Leaseweb," he tweeted, later adding, "This is the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet caused by the U.S. government, the Department of Justice & #Leaseweb."

LeaseWeb says it kept the servers up and running for a year after MegaUpload was taken offline. Because MegaUpload's funds were frozen after last year's raid, it couldn't pay its bills. LeaseWeb says it stored 630 servers at its own cost for a year and received no require for access or retention of the data during that time.

"After a year of nobody showing any interest in the servers and data we considered our options. We did inform MegaUpload about our decision to re-provision the servers," said LeaseWeb's Alex de Joode, later adding, "As no response was received, we commenced the re-provisioning of the servers in February 2013. To minimize security risks and maximize the privacy of our clients, it is a standard procedure at LeaseWeb to completely clean servers before they are offered to any new customer."

MegaUpload says it received no communication from LeaseWeb concerning the 630 servers it planned to wipe and that it was only told today that the data was gone. 

Whether or not MegaUpload was informed of LeaseWeb's intentions, it seems naive for LeaseWeb to think no one was interested in the data. For a start, there's the fact that the data belongs to MegaUpload users and they would presumably want access to it if at all possible. Not to mention the headlines generated when the topic of deleting the data has came up in the past. Then again, they can't be expected to store the data indefinitely for free. Rock and a hard place.

Kim Dotcom says he's currently looking for a Dutch lawyer to evaluate potential legal claims against LeaseWeb on behalf of MegaUpload and it users.

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    scythe944 , June 19, 2013 4:19 PM
    Meh. Not my data.
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    Darkk , June 19, 2013 4:33 PM
    Petabytes of voices cried in terror and then silenced.
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    spectrewind , June 19, 2013 4:54 PM
    Intra-company plausible deniability here. At the involvement of lawyers, only the companies stand to gain anything. The users of the service forever stuck with data loss.

    How's the idea of cloud storage working out for you?
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    darkchazz , June 19, 2013 4:55 PM
    I sensed a disturbance in the force...
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    Noworldorder , June 19, 2013 4:56 PM
    Call the NSA, they have all the Megaupload data backed-up.
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    none12345 , June 19, 2013 5:19 PM
    This is just one reason i will never store my data in the cloud.
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    falchard , June 19, 2013 5:25 PM
    Realistically, the US justice department is to blame for this due to delaying the case for so long. They should be held responsible for this unlawful action and violation of the constitution.
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    InvalidError , June 19, 2013 5:35 PM
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    This is just one reason i will never store my data in the cloud.

    Agreed.

    The MegaUpload incident proves your cloud data is only as safe as the NSA/DoJ/etc. will let it be regardless of where in the world it is stored.
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    Cazalan , June 19, 2013 5:37 PM
    NSA needed more storage space
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    rodbowler , June 19, 2013 5:40 PM
    It sounds like Leaseweb sent an email to an dead email address, saying "We're gonna wipe those servers unless you say not to!" That way they can claim MU was warned.
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    Devoteicon , June 19, 2013 6:00 PM
    All that porn...just wasted.

    *signs*
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    unksol , June 19, 2013 6:08 PM
    They had no obligation to wait a year. At their cost. If you store Data in the cloud without a local copy you're an idiot. If you used mega upload your even dumber
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    w8gaming , June 19, 2013 6:59 PM
    If you store your data in the cloud, has to keep a local copy, and yet has to pay for it, means you are an idiot too. This just shows how stupid the whole idea of cloud computing is. I know the tech companies want new ways to make more money. But proposing a scheme in which a single point of failure can cause data loss for massive amount of users is stupid.
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    smeezekitty , June 19, 2013 7:14 PM
    Sure there is quite a bit of copyrighted content that megaupload had. But there was plenty of data that wasn't copyrighted.

    In my opinion, the government way overstepped their bounds when they took it offline. It seems like the big corporations are manipulating the government for their advantage which is a very bad thing.

    I am not a pirate but as a paying consumer, I am totally sick off all this anti-piracy crap hurting legitimate users.
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    InvalidError , June 19, 2013 7:38 PM
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    In my opinion, the government way overstepped their bounds when they took it offline.

    If/when dotcom's bank accounts get unfrozen, I'm hoping he'll go all-out against the US government for that. I wonder how many millions (billions?) he might get awarded for damages.

    In principle, all MegaUpload paying customers should also be eligible for class-action status against the government too though I doubt there is any actual method of doing so across borders.

    It would be nice to see the US government get slapped - preferably hard.
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    Belgord , June 19, 2013 8:04 PM
    This is why clouds are shit. I prefer my porn to be on a warm HDD near me
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    fixxxer113 , June 20, 2013 12:15 AM
    I agree with spectrewind. This is why we can't have nice things. One disadvantage of Services these days, is that services depend on companies and companies seem to come and go very easily, no matter their size. The stock fails, they have a security incident, the boss is kinda sketchy... :p  and next thing you know, you're stuck without your service or even worse in this case. What they should have done is reactivate Megaupload in a "read-only" mode (only be able to get back your own data) for a couple of months, and notify all users to download their files. There should be legislation for cases like that. It's only a matter of time before it happens again.There should be processes for protecting customer data. It doesn't matter to them which of the two parties is right. In the end, they lost their data...
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    smeezekitty , June 20, 2013 12:42 AM
    That is true. But the US gov. should never have messed with something that is completely located in a different country.
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    drethon , June 20, 2013 5:23 AM
    The cloud is one more backup like any other. None are 100% dependable so to be safe you should have data in more than once place.
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    jack1982 , June 20, 2013 5:29 AM
    Like somebody complaining they got evicted after not making a house payment for a year.
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