FBI Raid Knocked Curbed LA, Eater LA, and Others Offline

A raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a data center in Reston, VA had dire consequences for several blogs in the Curbed Network, including local favorites Curbed LA and Eater LA. The F.B.I. raided hosting service DigitalOne early Tuesday and confiscated servers containing Curbed Network data — though Curbed was not suspected of any wrongdoing. The NY Times has details:

DigitalOne’s chief executive, Sergej 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 Web site is offline and support doesn’t work.”

And why did the FBI take servers they didn’t need? Most likely, they didn’t know what the hell they were doing.

DigitalOne provided all necessary information to pinpoint the servers for a specific I.P. address, Mr. Ostroumow said. However, the agents took entire server racks, perhaps because they mistakenly thought that “one enclosure is = to one server,” he said in an e-mail.

Clearly, the F.B.I. needs better IT support.

The Curbed Network sites are back online, but still wonky.

Hat tip to LA Observed.