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F.B.I. Raids Data Center, Seizes Servers, Knocks Big Sites Offline

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For reasons unknown, the F.B.I. raided a data center and seized several servers, causing known online brands, including Pinboard and those in the Curbed network (like our friends at Eater), to go offline.

NY Times' Bits blog says that the data center is owned by DigitalOne, a Swiss company operating in the U.S.

"The raid was on a hosting facility in the United States used by DigitalOne, a company based in Switzerland. It was not immediately clear what the F.B.I. was looking for.

In a note to one of its clients, 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.'"

DigitalOne says everything the F.B.I. was after revolved around a single client. Yet they took more server racks than required (three enclosures worth, to be exact). As a result, Pinboard has been left running on a backup server, and the Curbed sites are still down. What's on those servers? [NY Times]