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FBI Seizes IMC Servers in the UK
10/08/2004
Independent Media Center Thursday morning, authorities issued a federal order to Internet Service Provider Rackspace ordering them to hand over information hosted on Indymedia web servers to the FBI. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for more that 20 Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied by turning over two Indymedia servers to federal authorities, effectively removing those sites from the internet.

Indymedia, a global network of independent non-corporate media organizations, had been asked last month by the FBI to remove a story about Swiss undercover police from one of the websites hosted at Rackspace. It is not known, however, whether Thursday's order is related to that incident since the order was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia. According to Rackspace, they "cannot provide Indymedia with any information regarding the order." ISPs have received gag orders in similar situations which prevent them from informing concerned parties about what is happening. This represents the most serious attack yet on Indymedia's infrastructure by government authorities.

[ Read More | Indymedia FBI page | Indymedia Oct 11 press release ]

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