(The Hosting News) – Web host DigitalOne had its data facility in Reston, Virginia raided by the FBI on Tuesday. During the operation, agents confiscated three server racks, resulting in outages for some sites hosted by DigitalOne.
The New York Times reported that DigitalOne’s CEO Sergej Ostroumow emailed clients, saying the bureau was only interested in one of the company’s clients. Ostroumow also called the FBI’s work “unprofessional.”
DigitalOne is working to restore service to sites affected by the raid.
One popular site knocked offline in the raider included Curbed Network, a New York-based publisher.
Meanwhile, article saving site Instapaper acknowledged that it had lost contact with a server hosted by the provider, causing its site to slow down. However, the site’s founder says there’s no reason to believe Instapaper was a target.
The reason for the raid remains unclear, but the New York Times cited an official who earlier discussed the FBI’s active investigation of hacking group LulzSec. The group has admitted to recent breaches of sites belonging to the CIA, an FBI affiliate, Sony, PBS, and Nintendo.
DigitalOne is based in Switzerland.