01/21/2012 07:55 EST | Updated 03/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Regina man's work files caught by U.S. file-sharing probe

A Regina software designer has lost access to important project files because of an American investigation into an online file-sharing site.

Tony Mountjoy, who develops computer applications, was cut off from his work earlier this week after United States authorities shut down a website that provides data storage services.

Mountjoy had paid for storage space and was never involved in illegal file sharing.

The website, however, has been accused of copyright violations and authorities have seized the company's computer servers — and all the data they store.

Justice officials say that many of the site's 150 million users were sharing pirated music and videos through the site.

Mountjoy found he cannot get to his information and doubts he will ever see it again.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," he said. "A lot of that information I can't get back unless they give it back to me and now I don't know if they ever will."

He said he is also concerned that many passwords he uses may be viewed by investigators.