Today, Megaupload users can rejoice as the two services have negotiated a deal to buy the data an extra two weeks of life. The deal could last even longer, says Megaupload lead attorney Ira Rothken:
"The hosting companies have been gracious enough to provide additional time so we can work out some kind of arrangement with the government."
According to the AP, all of the data ever stored on Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday.
The mass-erase will not discriminate with the files, either, legal or illegal.
Megaupload has used the companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc to store user data, but because the service's assets are frozen, they can no longer afford to pay the hosting companies.
The file sharing company's lawyer Ira Rothken says he is doing his best to keep the data from being wiped: "We're cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done."
Rothken added that around 50 million Megaupload users will have their data erased, and that the company wants its data to remain untouched also so it can defend itself in the upcoming legal case.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 31 Jan 2012 13:28