The debate over the seizure of MegaUpload may intensify this week as the site's hosting companies, Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc., get ready to purge its data, according to an AP report. Federal prosecutors said in a letter that the data purge could take place as soon as Thursday. With MegaUpload's money frozen by the government, customers who were using the service for legitimate purposes could be screwed.
Rothken is trying to prevent that from happening and claims to be working with prosecutors to keep data from being flushed down the Internet toilet, AP reports. According to Rothken, 50 million users have data stored with MegaUpload.
Federal authorities turned their attention to MegaUpload in full force following the SOPA/PIPA blackouts. Seven men were arrested and charged with various copyright crimes and money laundering, charges that have been denied by MegaUpload co-founder Kim Dotcom.
Following MegaUpload's seizure, Pirate Parties in several countries began putting together a list of affected users to prepare for a lawsuit against the FBI.
"The widespread damage caused by the sudden closure of Megaupload is unjustified and completely disproportionate to the aim intended,” the Pirates of Catalonia said in a statement.