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FBI Raid Seizes Servers, Brings Down Websites

June 24, 2011 by  

FBI Raid Seizes Servers, Brings Down Websites

Early Tuesday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a raid on a Web hosting facility used by DigitalOne, seizing several servers and bringing down websites in the process.

A blog for The New York Times reported DigitalOne’s chief executive, Sergej Ostroumow, sent an email to a client that read: “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 cannot check it.”

Ostroumow’s email also said that, while the FBI was only interested in one of the company’s clients, investigators had taken servers used by “tens of clients.” The raid resulted in the failure of DigitalOne’s own servers, preventing the company from providing tech support to the affected websites.

The raid occurred as a result of investigations into LulzSec, a hacker group, according to the article. Ostroumow did not reveal to the paper the name of the company targeted by the raid, and he said “it was also unclear why the agents took more servers with them than they sought.”

Servers affected by the raid included those run by New York publisher Curbed Network, which runs several popular blogs about real estate and restaurants.

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  • M. Smith

    The FBI ought to go after “Hostgator”. That’s a search engine
    that tries to use people to be their “Host” to give themselves
    and others the “hosts” money. Shame on them.

    • Tom

      Why not try to get your facts straight? Hostgator has nothing to do with being a search engine. It is a web host company. And what I presume you are referring to about money, is instead of hiring their own salesforce and paying them commissions, they instead pay a commission to independent people who refer paying customers to them.

      These customers willingly pay Hostgator to host their website(s) for them.

      What Hostgator does in terms of paying commissions, is their business… not yours, and most certainly not the FBI’s or the government’s.

      • Mason

        Wait! Did someone who actually knows two sh–s about computers and the internet actually put up an argument? This is unheard of. Seriously, we need more people that know what they’re talking about to control internet security rather than putting the last free place to talk in the hands of someone who thinks they erased the internet when they deleted the icon off the desktop.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Was all this necessary? With technology advancing so rapidly, couldn’t they narrow it down to the server they needed and go from there?

    • vicki

      Websites are NOT servers. They are application programs running on servers. Servers are actually application programs running on some OS.
      OSs are a collection of software running on some hardware.

      You can have more than one OS running on a piece of hardware that we might
      recognize as a computer.
      You can have more than one server program running on each OS
      You can have more than one website running on each server.

      The FBI could have taken just one machine (computer) out of 1 rack and still taken down 2,5,10 or more websites in the process of getting to the one they wanted.

      This is collateral damage in a cyber-war.

      For the Technosavy they might have to take the whole rack to get the servers and the hard disks.

  • czman

    and why are they dressed like the military…?

    • karolyn

      Just because they used a picture here of an FBI agent in military garb does not mean that is what they actually wore. Another inflamatory ploy.

      • Bob

        And what do you think they wore – suits and ties? Get real for once.

        • nothingbeatswinnig

          you are right, they wore black military outfits, with bullet proof vests and utzi’s. standard operational proceedure. then they rip out everything and mace and use stun guns on everyone they find. they take no prisoners when taking over legal nerd internet servers.
          the fbi doesnt fool around.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Bob,
          Didn’t you know they wore Monks robes so they wouldn’t draw any undue attention???? Or maybe it was their birthday suits???

      • vicki

        Karolyn: Since these searches are done “shock and awe” style you can bet they were not wearing suits and ties.

      • Kate8

        karolyn – If you are so hostile and distrusting of the articles on this site, why are you here everyday?

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Kate8,
          for no other reason than to try to pi$$ us off!!!

          • Kate8

            You know, Joe H., the longer this goes on, the less sense it makes for these liberal posters to be here.

            Most people seek out articles on the internet for information, so they would naturally pick sites they trust, at least to some degree. Why would anyone return to a site they hold in contempt day after day, only to try to discredit the writers and the readers?

            Besides, karolyn has admitted to blogging from work, which means that you and me and all taxpayers are paying her to come to these sites, since she has a leftist gov. job. I find that highly suspect, since who does that unless their employer is okay with it? Maybe it’s part of the job?

          • Dan az

            When I ran across where she worked and what they do it dosen’t surprise me that she blogs at work.
            http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/Millionaires-Collecting-Food-Stamps/2011/06/23/id/401095?s=al&promo_code=C7F8-1

          • Dan az

            COICA would allow the government to block access to Web sites located anywhere in the world, while Homeland Security’s take-downs are limited to servers inside the United States. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said he would place a hold on COICA, effectively killing the bill at least until the new congressional session next year.

            The owner of Torrent-Finder.net complained that his search engine was shut down without so much as a court order or prior complaint.

            “My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner said, without being identified in the Torrentfreak article.

            Earlier this week, Homeland Security shut down a popular hip-hop music site, RapGodfathers.com, which had nearly 150,000 members. The site claims it is compliant with copyright laws, as it doesn’t host copyrighted materials. However, its users posted links to file-hosting services such as Rapidshare and Megaupload, where copyrighted material may have been shared.

            These domains are now “the property of Homeland Security,” writes Gareth Halfacree at Thinq.co.uk, “And there’s no indication that their original owners will ever be able to get them back.”
            Read more here.

  • http://burkecomputers.blogspot.com/ DanB

    We are being conditioned piece by piece to accept tyrannical control of the internet.

    Do I think the FBI should go after LulzSec? Yes. Do I think they are going about in a way that will preserve our freedoms? No.

    This isn’t the first time I have heard about the federal government taking broad steps that took down multiple websites. And this can be warrantless?! They can legally bind people to not even disclose what their doing! I have read of one man forced by the federal government to spy on Americans through his position in IT. He was given no right to refuse. He makes his claims anonymously because he is legally bound to not disclose anything. We live in a dictatorship, and I am wondering how long before it becomes so apparent openly because we will be so conditioned to accept rule by force. Another company was “accessed” by the feds, and they were legally bound to tell no one even though the deal was done warrantless! The only reason anyone found out that the feds had acquired everyone’s data is that one of their customers was able to determine that their particular data had been accessed.

    • macatac7692

      How obvious must it become? We are already in a position lower than the slaves of the 1800s. At least they could think about truth, freedom, anger over their present condition. We do that and they even think we are, not much of a jump from something they cannot prove ( hate) to general thought crimes(which they can’t prove). So there you have it, so abject we are lower than slaves. Andmost act agreeable to this. The land of the free indeed! Jefferson said opinion was of no consequence, only actionis a crime. TJ would turn over In his grave.

    • Mac

      “… legally bound to not disclose…” ? If the FBI’s actions are unconstitutional, they are not legal, even though they claim to be. We need Ben Franklin and George Mason back, to rewrite the Constitution so that modern legal scholars can understand what is meant by it.

    • Dan az

      Grassley also suggested that requiring warrants, a thoroughly novel and radical approach to policing in a society that presumably champions the rule of law and the rights of the accused, would lead to “increased burdens on the court system.”

      We wouldn’t want that would we? Heavens no! Considering how tiresome it must already be for our “overburdened” federal court system and Justice Department busily and conscientiously investigating and prosecuting Bush, now Obama, administration officials for high crimes and misdemeanors.

      Launch a preemptive war against a nation that hasn’t attacked us, say Libya, without consulting Congress whom the Constitution alone has granted the power to declare war? Well, there’s an app for that too!, the White House Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), which recently declared “that the President had the constitutional authority to direct the use of force in Libya because he could reasonably determine that such use of force was in the national interest.”

      Memo to Congress: sit down, shut up and continue doing what you do best–taking blood money from the corporate merchants of death who profit from the enterprise.
      read more here. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24254

  • Bob

    I wish the Fools, Buffoons, and Idiots would go after the crooked politicians in my hometown with the same zeal as they go after these hackers. They do just as much damage as the hackers and Fools, Buffoons, and Idiots does nothing about it even when people such as myself hand over evidence to them. Of course, these politicians are all democrats so I am sure that protects them from being arrested. Ever notice how few politicians go to jail in a country where political corruption is everywhere and is often out in the open? Do you think that is an accident?

    • Patriot

      Our politicians actually do more damage! Research Agenda 21 (sustainable development is about eliminating/conserving all resources including us) and the more recent Fast & Furious project in Arizona. Our politicians at the highest level signed off & approved this project. Illegal Automatic weapons were sold through AZ gun dealers that killed our agents and citizens, why? Through political means our government was trying to prove that guns sold here crossed the boarder and back and were used in violet crimes, so that our government controlled media could report on this situation. Which would be the basis for more gun control laws on us the law abiding citizens, so this was all about disarming us and controlling us! Geez does anyone see a problem with this? No, lets’ go golfing and forget about this idiocy too!

      • Bob

        You are right, the politicians should all be on the FBIs “Most Wanted” list; especially the lieberal politicians – they should be SOS.

      • http://FarTooMuch.Info Russ Lemon

        One of Agenda 21 objectives is to get rid of national borders. Does not supporting illegal border gangs accomplish this?

    • http://yahoo richard

      Bob,politicians have a license, called the vote if you think they are doing wrong vote them out then prosicute them

  • carpkiller

    I believe that the lawsuit by virgina, concerning net nutrality may have something to do with the full battle dress and grabbing everything in site. That should ruin thier business for awhile. This seems to be obama and holders way to retaliate.

  • Speak2Truth

    The more of your stuff that is in someone else’s hands, the more vulnerable you are to losing it because of someone else’s screwup. Isn’t it interesting that we are being urged to put our data into their “cloud”, our hard drive backups onto their servers, our photos, our money (it’s all digital, right?), our personal mail… all onto someone else’s hardware that can be compromised at any time by government, by hackers, identity thieves.

    Heck, if Obama really does have a birth certificate he’d better hand the paper copy to a court quick to certify his eligibility (he’s still fighting to prevent that) – ‘cuz that digital copy could vanish.

    Meanwhile, think about keeping what is yours in your own hands. Even your money. Buy silver and gold. That “digital money” can vanish in an instant.

  • Jay

    Ah yes, protection from the fantom hackers, protection from the fantom terrorists, all the while, loss of freedom and privacy for all! How inept and incompetent must these law enforcement agencies be that they cannot deal effectively with these so-called threats, without disrupting and destroying our lives, while at the same time enslaving us? Unless off course, that is precisely their intent!

    • Jay

      Misspelled phantom, oh well..

      • Bob Marshall

        Jay. Most people have no idea who was invited to the Bilderberg meeting in Swizterland two weeks ago.So they can’t fathom the internet being sensored and or shutdown.

        • Jay

          Bob, they are in for a big SURPRISE!!!

        • Dan az

          COICA would allow the government to block access to Web sites located anywhere in the world, while Homeland Security’s take-downs are limited to servers inside the United States. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said he would place a hold on COICA, effectively killing the bill at least until the new congressional session next year.

          The owner of Torrent-Finder.net complained that his search engine was shut down without so much as a court order or prior complaint.

          “My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner said, without being identified in the Torrentfreak article.

          Earlier this week, Homeland Security shut down a popular hip-hop music site, RapGodfathers.com, which had nearly 150,000 members. The site claims it is compliant with copyright laws, as it doesn’t host copyrighted materials. However, its users posted links to file-hosting services such as Rapidshare and Megaupload, where copyrighted material may have been shared.

          These domains are now “the property of Homeland Security,” writes Gareth Halfacree at Thinq.co.uk, “And there’s no indication that their original owners will ever be able to get them back.”

  • i41

    Yes now the muslim marxist/communist signed a executive order durning the “Wiener Gate”. It is called the Food and Fiber Land Use Act, it turns over all private owned land to be under the beltways, like EPA, Dept of Educaton, Dept of Energy, Homeland Security, Dept of Arm Forces, and any other agency in the beltway. Modeled after the Un mandate 21 which bans ownership of any private land in the world. I would like any any marxist/communist demorat defend the party that supports this anti American beliefs.

  • jopa

    i41;As in the beliefs of the native Americans there is no such thing as owning land.You may put some money down to use the land temporarily and in the meantime pay taxes on it.When you die and discontinue the tax payments the government(meaning the US citizens ) will get it for free.You just can’t take it with you even if you foolishly think you own it.Have a good one Buddy.

  • Marty S.

    Your statement smacks of that of a commie and that is it. Your attitude is an example of the sickness that has gradually taken control of this country. I bet you are very happy with the Marxist takeover. It is now happening on so many fronts and so quickly that I bet it is even starting to worry some of our liberal friends at this very moment. Awake from your slumber jopa because even though you talk big, when they show up and make you board the train to the nearest FEMA camp you may begin to rethink your philosophies. Have a good one.

    • Jeep

      Marty, as wierd as this may sound…jopa actually has a point, albeit in a different context. You may purchase all the “private” property you can afford in these United States. But, in reality you will NEVER own what you have purchased. There will always be a tax to be paid. And, failure to pay taxes will result in the govt confiscating “your” property, you know, to pay the owed taxes. As long as there are property taxes you will never “own” anything. In the same light, as long as you have to register your vehicle, you are not “free” to drive. There are many aspects of our lives that we have been conditioned to believe are “free”, but they are not.

      • Marty S.

        Thanks Jeep I usually think it through before typing. Just a little tired of the bombardment from the left.

  • Lisa B

    I know there are several sites I have tried to go to that were normal sites of alternative news that were down. some have errors that say “to many searches are coming from your network,possibly without your knowledge” others say “site temporarily disabled” or “site unavailable” Also i have noticed that cnn and the huffing ton post but especially cnn new is getting blander and blander. sometimes an article is posted on cnn and then Yanked. I bet its cause they get a phone call that its “unacceptable/illegal news”.

    Its an effort to squash truthful communication. Many of us wanting the truth have to turn to alternative sources to get it when our media fails us.

    And now the government,knowing this is probably disabling it….but its probably for our protection “of course” lol.

    I mean the big news on several sites today was Jenifer Anistons first tattoo or Rated M video games. But where is the news about lack of jobs,high priced food and gas. They say gas is going down? I don’t know what world that is in…gas and food here in Colorado is getting higher. Heck just last week my local king soopers wanted $3.49 for a zucchini (albeit a tiny beat up one) and the only cashier available was for cigarettes…everyone else was directed to ring up themselves at the computerized registers….ha ha wheres the news on that?

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