Friday, June 24, 2011

Be careful who you stand next to.

F.B.I. Seizes Web Servers, Knocking Sites Offline

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...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.”

- Verne G. Kopytoff, writing for NYT Bits Blog

They were apparently interested in the servers of just one company, but ended up seizing the servers of a whole bunch of companies whose servers were nearby. While I can only assume that Google or Facebook might be better equipped to push back at the government on something like this, at least in principle, all of our personal information online could be subject to similar seizures.