(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says LeaseWeb deleted the now defunct website’s data without notification or permission. The web host, however, vehemently denies that notion.
A war of words recently commenced between the two sides with Dotcom stating, “We were never warned about the deletion,” according to Reuters.
Megaupload was shut down by U.S. authorities early last year amid accusation that the file sharing site harbored pirated content.
“When Megaupload was taken offline, 60 servers owned by MegaUpload were directly confiscated by the FIOD and transported to the US. Next to that, MegaUpload still had 630 rented dedicated servers with LeaseWeb. For clarity, these servers were not owned by MegaUpload, they were owned by LeaseWeb. For over a year these servers were being stored and preserved by LeaseWeb, at its own costs. So for over one whole year LeaseWeb kept 630 servers available, without any request to do so and without any compensation,” explained LeaseWeb on Wednesday.
LeaseWeb noted it had “received no request for access nor any request to retain the data.” The company also said it informed MegaUpload of its server re-provisioning plan.
U.S. authorities are currently seeking Dotcom’s extradition to the U.S. in order to face charges related to online piracy. Dotcom is currently residing in New Zealand. Since then, he’s worked to launch the Megaupload successor “Mega.”