Feb. 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM ET
In an effort to save data belonging to Megaupload's 50 million customers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Carpathia Hosting are teaming up. While there are no promises that customer data — which includes personal photos and documents — will be retrieved, there is some hope.
Carpathia Hosting, who — according to a report by Ars Technica — owns more than 600 of the servers previously leased by Megaupload, told msnbc.com that it has "no immediate plans to reprovision some or all of the Megaupload servers. This means that there is no imminent data loss for Megaupload customers."
According to Brian Winter, chief marketing officer at Carpathia, the company will "post a notice at least 7 days in advance of reprovisioning any Megaupload servers at Carpathia.com and MegaRetrieval.com."
The latter of those websites, MegaRetrieval, was set up by the EFF and Carpathia in an effort to assist the "multitude of innocent users who stored legitimate, non-infringing files on the cloud-storage service [and] were left with no means to access their data," Ars Technica reports.
While neither the EFF nor Carpathia have direct access to the data, they are attempting to assess the Megaupload situation and attempt to resolve any potential data loss issues.
As a previous report by the Associated Press listed Cogent Communications as another company that hosted Megaupload data, we have reached out in an attempt to discover how it is handling the situation. We have not received a reply.
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