Barrett Brown (previously
, researcher, and activist
formerly associated with Anonymous, was raided
at his Dallas home on September 12 and brought into Federal custody in Texas. Video and audio of the raid exist, as Brown was hosting a video chat at the time of the raid. (Brown's girlfriend was present during the raid and has published a partial account
.) Brown now faces indictment
on counts related to his comments about an individual FBI agent in three Youtube videos
he had posted in the day before his arrest, and to some of his recent tweets (including a retweet of a Fox News commentator's 2010 remark
about Julian Assange). [more inside]
posted by FrauMaschine
on Oct 7, 2012 -
The F.B.I raided a data center in Reston, VA yesterday
morning, seizing three racks of servers and disrupting service to the Curbed Network
, and took the physical servers of tens of other clients
. Curbed and AltLabs are currently still down. The F.B.I was reported in pursuit of one individual user, and agents took entire server racks, perhaps because they mistakenly thought that “one enclosure is = to one server”
according to DigitialOne, the Swiss hosting company.
posted by 2bucksplus
on Jun 22, 2011 -
On the heels of the highly publicized Missouri raid that ended in the death of a corgi (previously
), a seven year-old girl has been killed
in a no-knock
raid in Detroit. According to one of Radley Balko's commenters
, the family may have been targeted because they shared a two-family duplex with the target of the raid.
posted by lalex
on May 17, 2010 -
Shaq's Blue Ridge Thunder blunder
just raided and attempted to ruin a Virginia farmer's life based on a "mistaken computer IP address". No mention has been made so far in the press beyond a newspaper of the town closest to the mistaken raid
. Blue Ridge Blunder and SHAQ ATTACK.
"On Saturday morning, Sept. 23, 2006, many police vehicles appeared in our driveway. Men in black with flak jackets ran to and around our house. My wife was at home alone. I drove up and asked, “What's going on?”
Men ran at me, dropped into shooting position, double-handed semi-automatic pistols pointed at me, and made me put my hands against my truck.
I was held at gunpoint, searched, taunted, and led into the house. I had no idea what this was about. I was scared beyond description. I feared there had been a murder and I was a suspect.
My wife and I were interrogated about Internet crime. We are not avid computer users; we do not even e-mail. We knew nothing of what they were speaking.
After seemingly convincing them of our computer “illiteracy,” we were questioned about our children and made to doubt their innocence.
Our home was searched by a para-military search-and-seizure team.
Our computers, digital camera, disposable cameras, DVD's, and VHS tapes were seized.
We were held in our home under guard for five hours.
Our children came home and were also interrogated.
It was awful. We were accused of horrible crimes, crimes that even the mention of would ruin our reputations.
posted by unpoppy
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Police raid Verder dorm room, confiscate computer.
Now this normally doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary... we always hear about this stuff, right? But check out the web page
. I think this is being taken just a little too far. I used to be an avid StarCraft player too, and I've seen my fair share of clan pages that have a page like the one that got these guys in trouble. Guess we're still in post-Columbine overcarefulness mode...
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Feb 7, 2001 -