This sentence is the punchline. I'm guessing they mean they were able to image the disks and capture memory while they were running unencrypted?
It's not exactly their first rodeo, but certainly the most significant challenge so far.
FWIW I've hosted with these guys before and used their servers for scanning the internet, they did not allow that.
The couple of UK ones I saw crop up recently have a cliche "hacker in hat and trench coat" silhouette on similar blue backdrop, in place of the Matrix world map thing.
I have long time family friends who were working at that Trauben-Trarbach datacenter since at least 2015. I pray and hope they are ok.
I'm shocked because I've been given a tour of this datacenter by the man's sons, whose mother is friends with my grandmother, and whom I have known since a very young age. Like, the mother, the sons, my mother, my grandmother, and me, all toured a 6-levels deep NATO bunker & the surrounding buildings. It was an amazing sight to see. They did not talk much about what they were doing there, only that it was meant to be a secure datacenter. Their mom was just so happy that the father and sons were finally working together on something lucrative, and that they had a place to live (the bunker & surrounding buildings had a lot of facilities).
By the time of the tour, which was 2015, I hadn't seen them for several years. Catching up, I told them that I had a career a US federal gov contractor working in cyber security - to them, and I didn't realize it at the time, this was probably a red flag. I wanted to talk a lot about cyber sec stuff, but they seemed oddly quiet. Shortly after the visit, they went out of touch with my family. The final connection we had was one Facebook account belonging to the youngest kid - probably the 20yo one mentioned in the article. It seemed odd to me that he didn't use his real name, but now I understand why. It's been deleted.
These kids had an interesting backstory. Their mother was a black woman from the Dutch colony Curaçao. She met the father sometime during or before the 90s. Their children were mixed race, and were never accepted by their grandparents, who allegedly were Nazi-affiliated. The prospect of marriage fell apart, and this single mother had to raise the two sons on her own. Living in Westervoort nearby Arnhem, she met and struck up a close friendship with my grandmother, who became kind of a surrogate grandmother for those kids.
That NATO bunker is built upon a spot where Nazis would have used it during WWII. I thought it was an amazing turn of the tables for a black woman who was scorned by Nazis to now have a claim to it.
I had pictures of the inside of that NATO bunker, which was amazing to see, but the iPhone they were stored on got stolen later that year. I wish I had them. If I'm lucky, some combing through DropBox might uncover a few.
And a phone containing pics stolen inside a govt z building... lol. It's almost too cliche.
I wonder if that's correlated to the fact that you took pictures inside that bunker ;)
The reality isn't so glamorous. The phone was stolen because I left it inside of a restroom stall. The particular restroom was one that's very secluded. Most people there didn't know about it, to the extent that, the only people I saw there with any regualrity were the janitors whose job was to routinely clean the place. Not sure what else to say besides that what you're suggesting is extremely unlikely.
Who were the kids with the difficult childhood? At 59 now his parents would be in their 70s-80s (if still alive today), so 2019-80y=born 1939 (five years old when the war ended).
They could have experienced basic Nazi education but not much more than that. Sure the Nazi beliefs didn't disappear with the end of the third Reich but difficult to really call them that if they were just your average 1960s racists.
Obviously I'm not going to give you their names. It was two brothers. 90s kids.
As for the grandparents, I should have been more clear about some things. First, this is like 3rd-hand information. Secord, what I'm told by my grandmother for certian was the grandparents had racist, Nazi beliefs that led to the rejection of their grandkids. They weren't neccessarily literal Nazis from WW2.
I never asked those kids about these relationships, since it's really personal/private information. It could be that the mother made this story up to get my grandma's sympathies. It's also possible that the 59yo made this up purely to convince the mother that they couldn't have a marriage. It's also possible that it's all true, which is what I've believe. These scenarios of deception are what we might want to believe about people running a "Cyber Bunker," but honestly, I'd be proud to host TPB and WikiLeaks mirrors out of a former NATO Bunker too.
But in reality it probably doesn't matter, I doubt you can get a search warrant based on "they use a lot of power and have great internet connection"
While looking for that story, I came across a wiki article about a similar story in the US, although the police there used thermal imaging to identify the farm from outside the home. That was ruled that constitutes a search w/o a warrant in the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyllo_v._United_States I would suspect observing suspiciously melted roof snow in the US wouldn't violate the law like using thermal imaging would.
I don't know German law, but I could see how that could get you a search warrant if Dutch and American law are any indication.
A lot, but probably less than you think. To provide one kilowatt of power continusly for 10 years you need about 23 million liters of diesel, which fits in a cube with 28 meter long walls.
A railway car of diesel can provide ~3W continously for 10 years. A tank the size of the Hindenburg could provide ~8kW for 10 years. The world's largest supertanker could carry enough diesel to provide ~22kW for 10 years.
This is a straight up movie script.
Looking at the Wikipedia of Cyberbunker, I gather this is one of their bunkers, but not the main one in the Netherlands.
Surely there are countries with more relaxed law enforcement.
Not that I condone any of this. Just surprised
Gotta love the dutch data center mentality. :)
"In 2002, a fire broke out in the bunker from which they operated. After the fire was put out, it was discovered that besides internet hosting services, an MDMA laboratory was in operation"
It also makes my arrhythmia-prone heart work like a Swiss clockwork, it's the only substance that can stop a heart attack reliably, the substances the doctor has prescribed me (e.g. propafenone) do nothing but make my heart attacks much much more frequent.
> it's the only substance that can stop a heart attack reliably,
and this is the sort of talk that I've heard from many smart people I've personally known who have fried their brains with psychedelics which is why I will never touch any of it.
Are you saying MDMA is a good replacement for marriage therapy if you are having problems in your marriage? Or that MDMA is (in general) one of the best recreational activities married couples can do together?
Disclaimer: not a drug user.
In my biased non-drug-using opinion, sitting around high is a poor substitute for having actual experiences with your SO. I'm trying to imagine later in life what reminiscing would be like: "Remember all those times we sat around high and had sex? yeah, that was great". vs. "Remember that Barcelona trip? Yeah, that was crazy with the pickpocket kid..."
I also think you're setting up quite a bad comparison here. Why is it MDMA + sitting around vs. awesome stuff at Barcelona? How about actual experiences under MDMA vs. sitting in a hotel room in Barcelona? Ultimately MDMA just gives you energy and improves your mood.  Whether you decide to do anything interesting or sit around is based more on your character and less about whether you're under the influence of MDMA or not.
 MDMA is toxic at high doses and/or without rest. A good rule of thumb would be to not do it more than every two weeks.
In my case it promotes lying in a bed, having sex and confiding everything to the one I actually trust and love. I would never like go outside. The only part of me saying I should try it on a rave once is purely intellectual curiosity, I don't actually want to. I'm 99% sure the only thing I'm going to want once it hits is to be left alone with my wife in a comfortable place where no one can disturb us.
> A good rule of thumb would be to not do it more than every two weeks.
Two weeks still seems a way too short interval though, I strongly recommend to rest at least 2 months, the more - the better.
Pardon my ignorance, I only framed it the same way GP did ("an evening (presumably at home) doing MDMA" vs. "vacations")
Stimulants mainly act on the dopamine system, although MDMA might act on both systems: dopamine and serotonine.
MDMA is also quite toxic in long-term usage.
As well as ibuprofen is. Whatever a drug (in both meanings of the word) one should decide with reason when, how much and why take it. I can hardly name a medicine which won't do any harm if you take it chronically or dose too high.
Even plain serotonin, which can be kept elevated by chronic excess of tryptophan in the diet (let alone 5-HTP supplementation) is cardiotoxic.
Both. And not only for marriage therapy, for personal therapy too - such a night washes away all kinds of stress, fears and sorrow in an instant.
> In my biased non-drug-using opinion, sitting around high is a poor substitute for having actual experiences with your SO.
Of course I don't mean it can be rightfully considered a sufficient replacement for travel and alike experiences yet it is better than most of the vacations happen to be in terms of how much does it recharge you psychologically. And it's not about sitting, it's about being overwhelmed (orders of magnitude stronger than any emotion I have sensed without drugs in my life, impossible to imagine without an actual experience) with unconditional love, care, sincerity, happiness, sexuality and perception of beauty and having sex so wild you probably don't ever have enough physical energy and psychological openness to do.
Many people don't feel it so great, many people get addicted (psychologically, and that usually are lonely people), yet I have never got addicted (once in 0.5-3.0 years feels enough for me and I never feel any kind of urge) and I certainly feel like this is the most important experience in my life.
If had just one free day in a year (no weekends and no vacations) but could do absolutely anything I want (including getting teleported to any place on earth) what I would do would be an MDMA trip at home with my loved one.
My wife and I have great high sex memories that we reference somewhat frequently. Don’t knock it til you try it!
The operators got popped 18 years ago, so it's pretty safe to say the supply has leveled.
Article was published today and refers to much more recent dates.
What the hell? Pardon my ignorance but how many heart attacks is too frequent? I was under the impression that one or two is pretty much all a human body can take.
Eventually he made several corrections to his lifestyle that reduced the number of attacks considerably and volunteered for several corrective procedures to fix the problem (He wanted his son to be able to live without the risks) last I heard he had the defibrillator removed after a surgery at the Mayo Clinic, diet changes (no alcohol), and improvement to his physique due to regular exercise (obesity increased the chances of attacks for his condition).
I normally have one in some days-months. Taking propafenone as prescribed by my cardiologist made me have them many times daily. What I mean under a heart attack is episodes of tachycardia and extrasistolia. To my surprise these never happened to me under MDMA no matter how hard and for how long I f-cked.
>it's the only substance that can stop a heart attack reliably
I'd love to hear more details about this, do you actually take MDMA when you suspect heart trouble?
I often get the trouble during regular sex with no drugs. But this never ever happened during sex on MDMA. The rhythm is so perfect it reminds me of the Gattaca movie.
Some times I had the tachicardia episodes right before taking MDMA because I sort of get nervous (positively, like when you are about to meet a friend you have been separated from for years, because I look forward to such an intense love experience) but they stopped and perfect rhythm restored immediately as MDMA started to act (as I could notice).
So I feel like I should probably carry a reasonably small crystal of MDMA with me wherever I go as it can save my life once - this probably outweighs the risk of criminal prosecution. But I still am not sure, I still hesitate to have any prohibited substances with me, store them at home or anywhere.
I have also tried 6APB once - a guy has told me it's a "better MDMA" which doesn't stress the body that much. Besides I didn't really like it I have also found out (I wouldn't ever touch a drug without studying whatever information I can find about it) it is supposed to be 50 times more cardiotoxic and should never be taken together with viagra - combining these 2 drugs can make you need heart surgery after just a couple of times you take it.
But the only people on those vasodilators will be really old, or taking them to loosen their anus.
Not seeing how the sildenafil is contributing to a problem.
Let's see... that's one, lacking objectivity, and full of bias. Millions of data points to go until we get a good, solid picture of reality ;) relative to your claims