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Deets on our FBI raid-induced shutdown

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As you might have noticed, we were out yesterday—not to lunch or of the closet—but down and out, dead air. Here's why: the FBI seized our servers in a raid on the data center that houses them. Not our fault, though, we swear! "Our servers happened to be in with some naughty servers," our network President Lockhart Steele told the New York Times. The Times reports: "The raid happened at 1:15 a.m. at a hosting facility in Reston, Va., used by DigitalOne, which is based in Switzerland, the company said... DigitalOne’s chief executive, 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 cannot check it.'" [NY Times]