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Server Seizure, European Counter Network, April 2012
Server Seizure (Don't Panic) On Wednesday April 18th, a server hosted in Riseup's NYC facility was seized without warning by the US Federal authorities. Be assured, the machine does not have any Riseup data on it. The machine that was seized was operated by the European Counter Network (“ECN”), an Italian technology collective with a deep history providing email, lists and web hosting services to colleagues around the world supporting social change movements. To repeat: no Riseup service or user data is on this machine. No Riseup keys or certificates are on the machine. Furthermore, the root filesystem of this machine is encrypted. The server was seized because it hosted an email anonymizer called Mixmaster. By design, Mixmaster stores zero data, which the FBI is well aware of. In a display of gross overreach, they decided to seize the machine anyway. For more information, please read the full press release: The Riseup Collective

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