Kim Dotcom has accused the US government and Leaseweb, one of the hosting providers of former file-sharing site Megaupload, of deleting millions of personal files "without warning."
The information stored on the dormant servers – “petabytes of
pictures, backups, personal & business property” – was
what Dotcom called evidence in the case US authorities launched
against him in January 2012. Dotcom is wanted in the US on
criminal charges for facilitating copyright fraud on a massive
“This is the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet,” Dotcom wrote on Twitter.
Lawyers representing his former company “have repeatedly asked Leaseweb not to delete Megaupload servers while court proceedings are pending in the US,” he added.
Dotcom, who made a fortune from his file-sharing service
Megaupload, is currently under a federal investigation launched
by the US Department of Justice after by police raided his home.
He is currently free on bail in New Zealand, and is wanted in the
US on criminal charges for facilitating copyright fraud on a
massive scale, racketeering and money-laundering, which carries
maximum sentence of 20 years. His extradition trail is set for
US authorities claim Megaupload cost copyright holders upwards of $500 million in lost revenues because of content illegally uploaded to its servers. The Department of Justice also believes Dotcom illegally earned $175 million by selling ads and subscriptions on the site.
Last January, on the anniversary of his arrest, Dotcom launched a new file-hosting site dubbed ‘Mega.’
“My goal is, within the next five years, I want to encrypt
half of the Internet. Just re-establish a balance between a
person – an individual – and the state,” Dotcom said in an
interview with RT. “Because right
now, we are living very close to this vision of George Orwell and
I think it’s not the right way. It’s the wrong path that the
government is on, thinking that they can spy on everybody.”