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Kim Dotcom: All Megaupload servers 'wiped out without warning in data massacre'

Published time: June 19, 2013 13:40
Edited time: June 20, 2013 11:30
Kim Dotcom (Reuters / Nigel Marple)

Kim Dotcom (Reuters / Nigel Marple)

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 scale.

“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 August.

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.”

Comments (157)

Anonymous user 27.07.2013 16:11

A new way to reward people needs to be found. Copyright is unfair to everyone.

Anonymous user 27.07.2013 11:18

Simple. Destruction of evidence.

Anonymous user 15.07.2013 00:09

Megaupload servers were 99% movies and pirated games and software

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