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So let's say they go in, and power off all the servers. At this point, they ask the colo host who's server is who's. The non-involved servers get turned back on, and the correct ones get confiscated.

Where's the downside to this? The unrelated sites suffer maybe a few hours downtime max, and they don't have to worry about tipping anyone off.

This is essentially what I had in mind. No different from an operational risk standpoint from grabbing the whole rack, from what I can tell.

Unless you don't know the difference between a server and a rack, as the article suggests.

I have a hard time believing that the FBI cybercrimes division doesn't know the difference. They can't be that inept, it's a big part of their job.

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