Roughly a fortnight ago, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom revealed that there were many government employees among the file sharing site's users. Dotcom said that, while investigating a way to provide users with access to files stored on MegaUpload's servers, they discovered a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate. However, when you add the number of accounts from members of the U.S. military, that 'large number' gets even larger.
According to TorrentFreak, the government accounts are not limited to the Senate, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and NASA. Apparently roughly 15,600 members of the US Military were also using the service. Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak from domains including af.mil, army.mil, centcom.mil, navy.mil and osd.mil etc, a total of 15,634 users are registered with Megaupload and a whopping 10,223 of them paid for premium accounts. All told, they have uploaded 340,983 files for a total of 96,507,779 MB.
If MegaUpload is unsuccessful in its bid to allow users access to their files, those files (a little over 94,000 GB) could all be deleted and lost forever. The site's legal representation is working to give users access, but, at the same time, the hosting company storing it all is itching to be free from the $9000/day it's costing to hold onto the data and others, such as the MPAA, want the data retained for future suits. In short, no one knows what's happening to their data, 15,600 members of the military among them.
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If they're not releasing peoples' file back to them then there's nothing new to report about this.
You use a back up site as a back up, not a file *sharing* hub site. I don't know about you, but I don't really want my backups to be shared. Either way, Osaeed88 is right. Just another example of how little you actually own your data.
If funny, because MPAA/RIAA want's to control how you use their data (movies/music) even after you purchase it, but don't want you to have control of yours after you upload it someplace. Giving the MPAA/RIAA access to the stored data would be breaking the copyrights & privacy rights of the individuals who's pictures & documents are stored on Megaupload IMO, but I'm not a lawyer. All I know is, they aren't licensed to watch my home movies, and I want them to pay $1k per person per video that they illegally viewed, or I'm suing.
Couldn't have said it any better! By uploading data to some other pc other than yours, your basically exposing your personal information. Just think twice, would you rather save your data to another computer? I wouldn't. Just go buy a couple of TB's (when they go on sale) and save your information on there with trucrypt. You'll feel more safe and secure.
That's 92TB or about 46 2TB drives.
At $50 a pop it would cost therefore about $2,500 to simple store them offline on those drives and not some $9,000/day. Something is obviously wrong with these numbers.
Geez, is anyone proof reading this stuff ?