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The FBI should absolutely execute a seizure warrant against those companies, if doing so is effective, but:

- Those companies probably have too many servers and too much data to make seizing all of it productive.

- Those companies would be less likely to be effected, as they have backups and redundant servers for handling outages.

- Those companies keep records that they provide to law enforcement when presented with a warrant or subpoena.

It's 100% ok to run an anonymizing remailer, with no backup strategy in place. It's retarded to act surprised and indignant when the server gets seized because it was probably used to commit a crime.




It's retarded to act surprised and indignant when the server gets seized because it was probably used to commit a crime.

Did you read the press release? Riseup was not running the anonymizing remailer, it just happened to be on the same physical machine as some of Riseup's infrastructure/e-mail accounts/listservs/etc.

From the press release:

The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network (“ECN”), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, provided an anonymous remailer service, Mixmaster, that was the target of an FBI investigation into the bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.


Good point. Then it's ok to be surprised. This is a non-obvious risk of shared hosting.




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