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F.B.I. seizes web servers, knocks sites offline
MSNBC ^ | 6/21/2011 | By VERNE G. KOPYTOFF

Posted on 06/22/2011 9:06:01 AM PDT by Red Badger

Instapaper and Curbed Network are among the sites hit, though the cause of the raid is unknown

The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday, causing several Web sites, including those run by the New York publisher Curbed Network, to go offline.

The raid happened at 1:15 a.m. at a hosting facility in Reston, Va., used by DigitalOne, which is based in Switzerland, the company said. The F.B.I. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the raid.

In an e-mail to one of its clients on Tuesday afternoon, a DigitalOne employee, Sergej Ostroumow, said: “This problem is caused by the F.B.I., not our company. In the night F.B.I. has taken 3 enclosures with equipment plugged into them, possibly including your server — we can not check it.”

Mr. Ostroumow said that the F.B.I. was only interested in one of the company’s clients but had taken servers used by “tens of clients.” He wrote: “After F.B.I.’s unprofessional ‘work’ we can not restart our own servers, that’s why our website is offline and support doesn’t work.” The company’s staff had been working to solve the problem for the previous 15 hours, he said.

Mr. Ostroumow said in response to e-mailed questions that it was not clear if the issues would be resolved by Wednesday.

It is not clear what the F.B.I. was looking for, or whether the raid was in response to recent attacks by hacker groups on corporate and government sites.

A government official who declined to be named said earlier in the day that the F.B.I. was actively investigating the Lulz Security group and any affiliated hackers. The official said the F.B.I. had teamed up with other agencies in this effort, including the Central Intelligence Agency and cybercrime bureaus in Europe.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Technical
KEYWORDS: communism; computer; fbi; govtabuse; internet; isp; policestate; server; tyranny
This did not have to happen. They could have left the servers on-line and examined them in place................They crippled a lot of innocent companies websites for no good reason.............
1 posted on 06/22/2011 9:06:06 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I can’t get on Rush’s site. Co-inky-dink?


2 posted on 06/22/2011 9:07:04 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: synbad600

I just did.


3 posted on 06/22/2011 9:07:59 AM PDT by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

Welcome to 0bama world ...


4 posted on 06/22/2011 9:08:19 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLENN BECK is 0bama's TRANSPARENCY CZAR }:-)
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To: synbad600

Must be your server. I just got on no problem...................


5 posted on 06/22/2011 9:11:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Red Badger
They crippled a lot of innocent companies websites for no good reason.............

Maybe the reason was to send more web hosting companies off shore.

6 posted on 06/22/2011 9:12:14 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mathluv; Red Badger

Thanks. Must just be the FR link. I did get on via Google.


7 posted on 06/22/2011 9:16:07 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: Red Badger; ShadowAce

For ping list


8 posted on 06/22/2011 9:23:45 AM PDT by Bockscar (Thanks to the Freeper dogcaller for this tag line: --Muslims do not immigrate; they colonize--)
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To: Red Badger

They had it coming. There was a picture of Jesus Malverde in the server room.


9 posted on 06/22/2011 9:28:38 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

10 posted on 06/22/2011 9:31:34 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

11 posted on 06/22/2011 9:32:25 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Red Badger

I am not a lawyer, but it appears to me that the FBI may have violated federal laws by tampering with communication facilities not directly the target of authorized investigative activities.


12 posted on 06/22/2011 9:37:00 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Red Badger

I’m watching them in a chat room right now. They’ve hit the Petrobras site in Brazil.


13 posted on 06/22/2011 9:40:06 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Mr. Weiner...Don' t Tweet your meat. It's too late to delete!)
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To: Zeppo
it appears to me that the FBI may have violated federal laws

And you're surprised?

ML/NJ

14 posted on 06/22/2011 9:44:22 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Zeppo
I am not a lawyer, but it appears to me that the FBI may have violated federal laws by tampering with communication facilities not directly the target of authorized investigative activities.

Government employees are now all above the law. /sarc

15 posted on 06/22/2011 9:56:07 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Red Badger

I was wondering why there was a massive drop in scam mail.


16 posted on 06/22/2011 10:01:37 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: OldMissileer

“Government employees are now all above the law. /sarc”

Yup... They can even get away with murder. /sarc


17 posted on 06/22/2011 10:03:02 AM PDT by bbernard
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To: Red Badger

Offshore hosting keeps looking better and better.


18 posted on 06/22/2011 10:03:56 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Zeppo
violated federal laws by tampering with communication facilities

To the heavy fisted thugs that govt is becoming, they're immune to any law that the rest of us mere mortals is liable to.

If Project Gunrunner and the ATF airport grope opportunities and the status of our illegal alien laws don't lead you to believe this, you're not watching closely enough.

The govt now chooses which laws it is subjected to and which the rest of us are.

Of such stuff are tyrannies made!

Godspeed and God help us

HoA

19 posted on 06/22/2011 10:07:53 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spineless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: Red Badger

This is standard practice, has been for years. Still isn’t right.


20 posted on 06/22/2011 10:12:16 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

When the FBI came there supposedly was nobody at the server location. So they had no idea what their warrant referred to, which was surely less than what they took. They should have taken nothing until they obtained clarification.


21 posted on 06/22/2011 10:15:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Red Badger

Better put some ice on that...


22 posted on 06/22/2011 10:18:26 AM PDT by listenhillary (Social Justice is the epitome of injustice.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I’m watching them in a chat room right now. They’ve hit the Petrobras site in Brazil.

Them who? The FBI or the hackers?.............

23 posted on 06/22/2011 10:19:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Spktyr
Offshore hosting keeps looking better and better.

This company is in Switzerland but their servers were still in VA.
24 posted on 06/22/2011 10:21:45 AM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246

Yes, but I’m talking about hosting on servers that are physically not in North America.

That’s looking better and better, as I said.


25 posted on 06/22/2011 10:22:58 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
Offshore hosting keeps looking better and better.

Russian organized crime, and Chinese spies dont agree. That's is why these bust occur here in the States. At the end of the day, the best place to host your bot command module is in a nice American facility. Power stays on and the bandwidth is plentiful.. there is always a crooked colo center willing to playball.
26 posted on 06/22/2011 10:29:06 AM PDT by Daus
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To: ml/nj

No surprise whatsoever.

Just pointing out the (what-should-be-but-often-isn’t) obvious.


27 posted on 06/22/2011 10:33:57 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Daus

Yes, but if you are hosting something that criticizes the Obama Administration, you might not want the hardware to be anywhere they can easily get a seizure order.


28 posted on 06/22/2011 10:36:00 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Red Badger

Sorry.......the hackers.


29 posted on 06/22/2011 10:37:54 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Mr. Weiner...Don' t Tweet your meat. It's too late to delete!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Hard to tell nowadays.........FBI, hackers, terrorists, all seem the same..............


30 posted on 06/22/2011 10:41:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Zeppo

I thought the FBI can now come on your premises and search your house without a warrant.


31 posted on 06/22/2011 10:42:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin, the only candidate to be vetted by the NY Times, the Washington Post and NBC.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Took this thing completely apart, Chief, but could not see any subversive data anyplace inside it.


32 posted on 06/22/2011 10:44:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bbernard

Maybe I should not have used the sarcasm tag as most of them are above the law.

I did not want folks to think I thought that way.


33 posted on 06/22/2011 10:55:04 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Spktyr

Fully agree! I host and resell from The Planet in Texas - imagine if something like that happens there? Wow...millions will be down in a second all over the world. Scary.


34 posted on 06/22/2011 10:59:08 AM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: Red Badger
They could have left the servers on-line and examined them in place................They crippled a lot of innocent companies websites for no good reason.............

You're giving them the benfit of the doubt. Do you really believe they considered the side effects?

35 posted on 06/22/2011 11:09:53 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Avoid arguments with your wife about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.)
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To: Sarajevo

I believe they really didn’t give a damn about the consequences to innocent parties. This is the cyber equivalent to “Kill them all, let God sort them out.”.................


36 posted on 06/22/2011 11:18:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Nightshift; LucyT; BP2; rxsid; null and void; Candor7

ping


37 posted on 06/22/2011 12:55:30 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: Jim Robinson

ping


38 posted on 06/22/2011 12:56:19 PM PDT by tutstar
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Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

39 posted on 06/22/2011 4:15:34 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

Figures


40 posted on 06/22/2011 4:23:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Took this thing completely apart, Chief, but could not see any subversive data anyplace inside it.

"The files are IN the computer!"

41 posted on 06/22/2011 5:49:11 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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