FBI Raid Seizes Servers, Brings Down Websites

The FBI conducted a raid on a Web hosting facility in Virginia on Tuesday, bringing down several websites by seizing their servers.

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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