(The Hosting News) – Hosting provider LeaseWeb on Wednesday responded back strongly to an accusation by Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom that the company had deleted user data without providing notification.
Megaupload was toppled by U.S. authorities in January of last year amid accusations of online piracy. Meanwhile, data from the company had remained in limbo.
“We were never warned about the deletion,” stated Dotcom via a Reuters report. The former Megaupload CEO also signaled Leasweb’s purported move “had reduced him to tears.”
Leaseweb, however, offered an explanation behind the data loss. Company Senior Regulatory Counsel had this to say via the LeaseWeb blog: “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.”
The web host also emphasized that during the time span following Megaupload’s takedown, no requests were made to “access” or “retain the data.” Leaseweb said it had informed Megaupload about the server re-provisioning but didn’t receive a response.
A war of words has commenced via Dotcom’s Twitter page. “#Leaseweb says we did not ask them to preserve #Megaupload data. Our lead legal counsel Ira Rothken says we did. Who’s lying?” stated Dotcom.
U.S. authorities are currently seeking Dotcom’s extradition to the United States to face charges related to online piracy. Dotcom is currently residing in New Zealand.
The controversy, however, hasn’t stopped Dotcom from his business endeavors. In January of this year, he worked to launch file hosting service Mega, widely viewed as a follow-up to the now defunct Mega.