Megatrash: 50 mln users' data set to be deleted

US prosecutors: Megaupload user files may be erased
The data uploaded by 50 million Megaupload users may be deleted as early as Thursday, if US Federal prosecutors have their way.

­Access to the site is blocked and seven people affiliated with the service have been arrested on charges of facilitating millions of illegal downloads.

A Friday letter from prosecutors gives data-storage companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. the go-ahead to begin destroying user files on Thursday, though neither company has commented on the process.

Megaupload attorney Ira Rothken claims they are trying to save the massive data-trail from deletion and that the US government has frozen company funds.

Hours after US authorities took down Megaupload on 19th January, New Zealand police arrested its founder, 38-year old German born reformed-hacker Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) and his business partners.

Dotcom allegedly stole/defrauded millions of dollars from copyright holders by masterminding a vast online platform that allowed users share media easily. He is currently awaiting an extradition hearing that could send him from New Zealand to the US.