US Government Officials Found In Megaupload’s Userbase
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While Megaupload is trying to strike a deal with the US Department of Justice to recover their users’ lost data, recent findings show that many high-ranked US Government officials had an account on the former locker site.
With Megaupload being shutdown many have lost thousands, even millions of more or less legitimate files; so in order to recover these files, Megaupload is trying to cooperate with the Department of Justice, leaving all prejudice aside to the benefit of its users.
“Megaupload’s legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data,” Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
Whilst exploring options to grant access to the files, Megaupload’s legal team stumbled upon an interesting fact, that many US Government officials had a Megaupload account.
“Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate.”
“I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files,” Dotcom told TF.
To their support, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched the MegaRetrieval campaign.
“EFF continues to identify more people who have lost access to legitimate personal files. Our goal is to help them get their files back as quickly and efficiently as possible,” EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels told TF.
“In general we are very concerned about the implications the ‘Mega conspiracy’ indictment has for the future of cloud computing and file-hosting services, and innovation more generally. It’s hard to imagine how the nature in which this went down won’t have a chilling effect going forward. We hope to come up with processes for future cases that will counteract that,” she added.
If their efforts prove to be successful, the following week will face a reinstated Megaupload so that users can recover their personal files.