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Peter Gabriel's Web Server Stolen

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the maybe-just-a-disgruntled-fan dept.

Data Storage 287

miller60 writes "Web servers hosting musician Peter Gabriel's web site have gone missing from their data center. "Our servers were stolen from our ISP's data centre on Sunday night — Monday morning," reads a notice at PeterGabriel.com. The incident is the latest in a series of high-profile equipment thefts in the past year, including armed robberies in data centers in Chicago and London. How secure is your data center?"

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Heist! (4, Interesting)

warriorpostman (648010) | more than 6 years ago | (#23313950)

Wow. It never even occurred to me that people would execute traditional bank-style heists of data servers.

The real question here is... (5, Funny)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 6 years ago | (#23313982)

Did they break in with a sledgehammer?

Re:The real question here is... (1, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314220)

In the most recent incident, "at least two masked intruders entered the suite after cutting into the reinforced walls with a power saw,"
TFA says power saw...

Re:The real question here is... (4, Funny)

Uncle Focker (1277658) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314312)

Woooooooooosh

Re:The real question here is... (4, Funny)

GreggBz (777373) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314264)

Did they break in with a sledgehammer?
Yea, big time.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

killeena (794394) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314326)

Let's just hope they didn't shock the monkey.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

porkchop_d_clown (39923) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314360)

I heard the crime was committed by an Intruder.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

cabazorro (601004) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314442)

And they used a yellow plastic shoobeedoo.

Re:The real question here is... (4, Funny)

vmxeo (173325) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314374)

Did they break in with a sledgehammer?

Yea, big time.
Oh sure, maybe in your eyes this was a big break-in...

Re:The real question here is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314502)

The website won't be on the air tonight. I bet you can blame Phil Collins on that one.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

bmajik (96670) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314294)

You win the internet.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

n0dna (939092) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314350)

To the tune of Mercy Street: ./*
calling up my isp,
all they could see,
was the hole,
in the rack,
when my data should be. ./*

Re:The real question here is... (1)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314352)

Didn't have to; they know something about opening windows and doors, and how to move quietly to creep across creaky wooden floors.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

zotz (3951) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314396)

See, that was my immediate thought.

Is this a case of great minds think alike or one of fools seldom differ? You can choose... ~;-)

all the best,

drew

Re:The real question here is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314420)

Did they break in with a sledgehammer?
Only in your eyes...

Re:The real question here is... (1)

Rearden82 (923468) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314578)

I hope they find the perp and whip off his windscreen wiper.

Re:The real question here is... (1)

sammy baby (14909) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314914)

Did they break in with a sledgehammer?


Nah - the intruder [mp3lyrics.org] knows something about opening windows and doors. Unfortunately, when asked for comment, the security agency responsible for protecting these assets responded that they "had no memory of anything, anything at all [mp3lyrics.org] ."

A visibly angered spokesman for Gabriel issued a statement directly to the thieves, saying, "This time, you've gone too far [mp3lyrics.org] ."

Media Temple (Host) has been around 1 year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314522)

OrgName: Media Temple, Inc.
OrgID: MEDIAT-10
Address: 8520 National Blvd.
Address: Building A
City: Culver City
StateProv: CA
PostalCode: 90232
Country: US

NetRange: 72.47.192.0 - 72.47.255.255
CIDR: 72.47.192.0/18
NetName: MEDIATEMPLE-105
NetHandle: NET-72-47-192-0-1
Parent: NET-72-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
NameServer: NS1.MEDIATEMPLE.NET
NameServer: NS2.MEDIATEMPLE.NET
Comment:
RegDate: 2007-05-30
Updated: 2008-01-10

Cleary (4, Funny)

hansraj (458504) | more than 6 years ago | (#23313952)

It's a handiwork of music pirates!

Re:Cleary (2, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314094)

Shock the monkey!

wow (1, Redundant)

Noexit (107629) | more than 6 years ago | (#23313958)

How could they have gotten in? Something like a sledgehammer maybe?

Re:wow (5, Funny)

syrinx (106469) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314018)

A monkey, when asked for comment, was reportedly "shocked".

Re:wow (1)

sokoban (142301) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314262)

Weren't backups kept at the Solisbury Hill data center?

Either way, this is getting a lot of Exposure. Maybe his next server will be entirely D.I.Y.

Re:wow (2, Insightful)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314286)

Mr. Gabriel was reportedly quite Steamed about the theft.

Re:wow (1)

killeena (794394) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314338)

He has been Digging in the Dirt searching for the servers.

Re:wow (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314566)

Clearly this was done by Moribund The Burgermeister

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314318)

Sledgehammer -- very nice, me likee likee.

Musicians seem to have crappy luck (3, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#23313976)

Peter Gabriel isn't the first musician to be a victim of equipment theft. Earlier in the millennium BT and Hybrid suffered major setbacks in the making of long-awaited new albums when their computers were stolen. I remember being royally pissed when Hybrid's Morning Sci-Fi [amazon.com] , already generating a lot of buzz based on the band's material at concerts, was delayed years just because some dumbass saw shiny electronics in a studio and walked off with them.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314126)

Jimmy Page had all his tapes for Outrider stolen, and was forced to rerecord the entire album from scratch. In that case I expect the theft was targeted, while in this case, I imagine it's just guys busting into a data center to steal equipment.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1, Funny)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314750)

was delayed years just because some dumbass saw shiny electronics in a studio and walked off with them.
Jimmy Page had all his tapes for Outrider stolen, and was forced to rerecord the entire album from scratch.
Nothing against Jimmy page or the people having their work stolen, but perhaps the burglar just felt the work could be better, or just plain sucked and felt a rewrite from scratch could improve their work? Although I imagine Britney spears will still be on her 5th rewrite.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (-1, Flamebait)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314132)

Peter Gabriel isn't the first musician to be a victim of equipment theft. Earlier in the millennium BT and Hybrid suffered major setbacks in the making of long-awaited new albums when their computers were stolen.
But since no one has ever heard of these "bands" (except the Obscure Music Illuminati), these thefts didn't really have any effect on "sales" of the "albums"...

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314270)

Both have charted. When Hybrid's second album finally came out, it had a bonus DVD documenting the band's US tour where they found sell-out crowds even in the boring-est heartland of America. Less popular than Top 40, but hardly obscure.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314364)

Both have charted
"Charted" where? Amazon does not count. And the shit-hole punk band from my "hood" made a DVD on their "US Tour". Really.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314486)

First time I've ever heard of them.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314500)

humm BT isn't an Obscure band.. infact you might reconize their work.. but just not know that it is them.

you would be supprised at people who "have never heard of someone" know there music and yet don't realize it

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1)

Klaus_1250 (987230) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314724)

There is more than just "sales" of "albums". Movies, tv-shows, games, commercials, etc need music as well and it is not uncommon that music is specifically written for them.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (0, Redundant)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314218)

Won't someone please think of the listeners?!? Next time steal Phil Collins' servers instead! Crikey.
Here in the States you can't get into a big data center without being spotted by several video cameras. Sounds like an inside job, or very lax security.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1)

sokoban (142301) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314288)

Or what about Sonic Youth. They had every single piece of their gear stolen just about. Especially bad was the fact that many of their instruments were prepared in some way to get special tones.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (0, Flamebait)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314400)

because some dumbass saw shiny electronics in a studio and walked off with them.


No, it was because information wants to be free.

Besides, as many a person on here will tell you, there was no actual theft of music since it was all just 1's and 0's. Theft of hardware, certainly, but not music since it's not a physical item.

Re:Musicians seem to have crappy luck (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314448)

Yes, that thief is a prick, and I feel bad for the victims.

That said, Off site back-up people.

Burglar Tools Found at the Scene... (-1, Redundant)

jayspec462 (609781) | more than 6 years ago | (#23313978)

Several burglar tools were found at the scene of the crime. The perpetrators apparently used a sledgehammer to gain access.

I bet I know where they took it (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23313986)

Solsbury Hill.

You know what they say about hacking... (4, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314004)

If at first you don't succeed... buy a gun and go there in person.

Data Acquisition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314150)

To increase bandwidth, use firearms.

The data center I use has laughable security. An armed individual could easily gain entry.

Re:Data Acquisition (1)

Nullav (1053766) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314818)

The bank I use has laughable security. An armed individual could easily gain entry.

possible suspects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314012)

Be on the lookout for a young man holding the server above his head outside a window...

Re:possible suspects (1)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314072)

Be on the lookout for a young man
No, no, this is Peter Gabriel, not Pete Townshend...

Re:possible suspects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314098)

You fail at movie references.

Stop the Madness! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314026)

Peter Gabriel's Web Server Stolen
This is, this is just utterly devastating.

The repercussions of this show what kind of destruction something like this can bring ... Wikipedia's page on Gabriel is grinding to a halt as millions of confused people log on to figure out who he was ... tens, maybe even hundreds, of people are rushing to change their credit card number after they realize that they purchased something through that website ... and on top of all that, this sudden rush back into the spotlight just might cause Gabriel to release another album, possibly setting popular music back decades again.

Re:Stop the Madness! (1, Insightful)

jo42 (227475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314376)

possibly setting popular music back decades again
Anything other than Rap and Hip Hop excrement, please.

Re:Stop the Madness! (4, Insightful)

edraven (45764) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314650)

Yeah, if music was set back maybe 4 decades, that'd be pretty cool.

Re:Stop the Madness! (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314660)

Please don't start the flame war.

Personally I find it apalling that someone would write of a whole genre of music, as opposed to individual songs. To each their own.

That just means more MS Frontalot for me..wait.

Stole it himself (4, Funny)

WilyCoder (736280) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314038)

Gabriel stole it from himself. He's jealous of Rick Astley's recent fame. He wants an internet Peter-roll using "Sledgehammer"...

Re:Stole it himself (1)

corifornia2 (1158503) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314340)

When I hear the words "Peter-roll" I get visions of a sick set of baker cannibals.

Servercams? (1)

mikael (484) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314046)

For the amount of money that is invested in server equipment, I'm amazed that they don't have a server cam for security (sending high-res images of the room to a remote server via wireless or cable).

They did... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314110)

But that server was stolen, too. Unfortunately, the servercam on that one pointed to another server... which was also stolen. That one didn't have a camera, however.

Re:They did... (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314572)

Not to worry, the people responsible have been sacked.

communist security ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314050)

My server's pretty secure... (1)

JavaBasedOS (1217930) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314066)

... As long as nobody hacks it from a spinning telephone booth.

layer 1 hijacking (5, Funny)

flynt (248848) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314074)

A similar method of attack, layer 1 hijacking [packetstormsecurity.org] has been around at least 10 years now.

And then.... (1)

ehaggis (879721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314092)

There were three...

Was I the only one? (1)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314112)

Did anyone else read the title and, quite literally, laugh out loud?

Just me, then?

I'll just go stand over in the corner where I belong, then....

Re:Was I the only one? (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314844)

Move over...

bahahaha... BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

*snicker*

Sheesh. It really is funny in a way. Which reminds me, I wonder if my absent-minded co-admin bothered to lock the door to the server shack last time he was in. Oh damn. Gotta go.

Probably not very (5, Interesting)

KeithIrwin (243301) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314114)

There was a talk at ACM CCS a couple of years ago by a guy who specialized in physical security. He runs a company which works as site security testers. He told of being hired to check how secure a client's computers were in a "secure" data-center. The servers were in a floor-to-ceiling cage with a padlock and security cameras. All they had to do was to fake some passes to get into the data center and then either go under the floor or over the ceiling. In this data center, as in most, there was about a 2-foot crawlspace below the floor and another one above the ceiling. Floor-to-ceiling cages don't mean much if you can just go around them, and that's how many "secure" data-centers are set up. Likewise, the security cameras are only useful if someone is watching them, and in the places he tested, no one was. Since he was only testing, he didn't actually steal the machines, but he did put stickers on them to prove that he'd been there.

So, how secure is your data center: probably not very.

Re:Probably not very (4, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314254)

It blows my mind that people who have a raised floor, and presumably go down into the raised floor all the time in order to run cable or whatever, wouldn't realize that people could get under a cage through the same mechanism.

At the data center where I work, all of the cages are extended beyond the raised floor down to the concrete. Sure, if you had a heavy enough set of bolt cutters you could get through, but the metal detectors and security guards should keep you from getting something like that into the building. Plus, the fact that you would have disappeared under the raised floor for several minutes while you cut through the cage should be noticed.

Granted, I work in a Tier IV data center (getting through security is like going to the airport every morning) and don't expect such a high level of security everywhere, but I would think extending the cages beyond the raised floors (and dropped ceilings if present) would be a no-brainer and would be done at very little cost. In addition, I would think at the very least having cameras on and recording 24/7 shouldn't be that big of an expense.

Re:Probably not very (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314730)

You see shit like that all the time.

I've seen security windows ahve the frames installed backwards(screws on the outside), I've seen cash rooms in a casino that open up into a walkway in the attic, I've seen a touch screen access pad hooked to a computer that was exposed to the interior network.

A lot of stupid crap.

Re:Probably not very (2, Funny)

gclef (96311) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314798)

Yeah, and don't expect that even the high-priority data centers are all paying attention. At one of the high-profile data centers where I used to work (didn't tier I used to be what people bragged about?), there was a guy sleeping under the raised floor for a few months before people finally caught on. He had a sleeping bag, food, etc down there....as long as he only went down there after regular business hours, his odds of bumping into someone were pretty low.

When they catch the thieves (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314144)

They will throw them in the BIG HOUSE!

Hey, RIAA scumbags. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314158)

That is stolen music.

Now you can tell the difference.

Re:Hey, RIAA scumbags. (2, Insightful)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314568)

I'm not normally this anal, but...

music is an abstract concept that can't be 'stolen'. That was copy(ies)of music.

No, only magnetic bits (hardware was stolen) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314654)

No music was STOLEN. Bits were relocated, but no music was STOLEN.

A long long time ago I can still remember How that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

so bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die

Did you write the book of love And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so? Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul? And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Well, I know that you're in love with him 'cause I saw you dancing in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck The day the music died
I started singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die

Now, for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
But that's not how it used to be When the Jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean And a voice that came from you and me
Oh and while the king was looking down The Jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned No verdict was returned
And while Lenin read a book on Marx The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died
We were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die

Helter skelter in a summer swelter The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast Landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass With the Jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance Oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed The day the music died?
We started singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die

Oh, and there we were all in one place A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick 'Cause fire is the devil's only friend
And as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in hell Could break that Satan's spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the music died
He was singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die This'll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died And they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye Singing this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey in Rye Singing this'll be the day that I die

RIP Don Mclean

Re:Hey, RIAA scumbags. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314698)

Correction. That is stolen media and computer hardware. Music, like sound, can't be "stolen" by definition. But then copyright theft is theft.

Music is an intellectual property.

Locks and guards (3, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314188)

Our data centre is behind three locked doors and on the middle floor. I love telling people when I remote into a server "yeah, I'm rebooting a box 16 miles away, behind locked doors and guards..."

Re:Locks and guards (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314346)

That line never fails to get the ladies.

Re:Locks and guards (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314390)

That line never fails to get the ladies.
People want what they can't have. When they see you are one of few people who can freely go in and out of a room they can't get into; you'd be amazed at the attention it gets you.
To us, it's just a data centre; to them it's this mystical forbidden room.

Re:Locks and guards (1)

felipekk (1007591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314482)

to them it's this mystical forbidden room.
This just means that their social engineering is working.

Re:Locks and guards (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314552)

This just means that their social engineering is working.
I'm sure the giant yellow "CAUTION! Keep door shut at all times!" sign does not help matters any.

You also need to pay the guards more then the Min. (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314960)

You also need to pay the guards more then the Minimum Wage like the Chicago data center was willing to pay with then say that being able bring your own gun being a big plus in the job posting.

Damm you Freetards!! (1)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314200)

You guy's are not content stealing his music using P2P you have to use 'Ford Transit' too!! :D Woo! :D

Don't tell them!! (1)

ShiNoKaze (1097629) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314228)

If they stole hardware from high profile places, they prolly post here...

The Bank... i mean, Data Center Job (0, Troll)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314244)

Maybe in that Data Center some servers had stored images used in the extortion of the British Crown or corrupt cops, and the thieves were in fact hired by some english agency to take those servers out... and Peter Gabriel ones were unfortunately close to those ones. Wonder if jasonstatham.com had the servers in the same data center.

I said it before... (3, Funny)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314274)

with these new containerized data centers you don't have to worry about hackers (crackers, whatever); you have to worry about somebody with one of these. [wikimedia.org]

Re:I said it before... (2, Funny)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314530)

I can see the conversation now...

Admin: He's getting away with our IBM iDataPlex! Quick, to the IBMobile!
Intern: Um, I'm sorry but the marketing department borrowed the golf cart for their golf outing today.
Admin: Well, then come on; it can't be moving more than 5mph anyways...

Re:I said it before... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314976)

What's the bandwidth of one of those?

Please answer in terms of car loads of encyclopedias or 747s full of CD-ROMs.

Interesting (yet scary) anecdote... (4, Interesting)

halivar (535827) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314310)

I have a friend whose co-located server went down. The Linux partition was screwed, and it needed a reinstall something fierce. I couldn't reach him (he was on vacation), so I drove down to the provider to grab the box. They did not so much as ask for my name; they just let me in, said, "go on in the machine room and grab it." This perturbed me a bit (because the machine clearly had a label that said "Property of [not me]. Do not touch."), but I went in, took it, brought it home, and fixed it up. When I brought it back (with a new install of SuSe and the then newly-released 2.6 stable), the techs remarked that the owner's roommate showed up to see what was wrong with the server. Having been told that an unnamed individual was allowed to make off with the server, he threatened to call the police. The service provider's response to him was, (and I quote), "fuck off."

Re:Interesting (yet scary) anecdote... (3, Insightful)

Amouth (879122) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314558)

that is a crap provider.. one thing to learn is that the lower the cost the lower the care that is taken by the hosting facility.

some times you do get just what you pay for..

Intruder (-1, Redundant)

BigRiff (580967) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314378)

I know something about opening windows and doors I know how to move quietly to creep across creaky wooden floors I know where to find precious things in all your cupboards and drawers

Maybe they shouldn't have been dataslumming it (1, Insightful)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314382)

Gabriel's servers are hosted by Rednet Ltd, although that appears to be a defunct brand of a UK company called Opal Telecom, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse.

So his hosting company was the side-project of a prepaid cellphone company? He got what he deserved.

I wish I had a penny for every idiot that hosts with Joe and Bob's Basement Hosting Company and then bitches when the power goes out all the time, stuff disappears, etc.

Re:Maybe they shouldn't have been dataslumming it (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314508)

No he didn't.
No one deserves to be the victim of a thief.
That kind of thinking was spawned from insurance companies.

If they had a 99.999 uptime contract, then they have every right to bitch.

This feels so unnatural... (2, Interesting)

ascii (70907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314528)

To quote a favourite band [vampireweekend.com] of mine:

"But this feels so unnatural
Peter Gabriel too"

Need to encrypt those account email addresses (1)

sugarmotor (621907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314570)

Really need to get to work on encrypting those email addresses stored in the user's table.

Stephan

Too expensive systems (1)

leandrod (17766) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314600)

Fact is, due to inefficient software (and I am not talking about proprietary systems only) we are stuck with expensive machines. I wonder if more efficient systems such as Plan 9, not to mention Lisp and/or relational operating systems and machines, wouldn't enable us to have cheaper, and therefore less attractive to criminals, systems.

Re:Too expensive systems (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314834)

No, because then the cheaper machines wuld ru everything fine, and be just as valuable.

Now, host on a mainframe and it isn't likely to be stolen.
Or, have competent security and have a team of security argents do an audit once in a while.

Get a better DataCenter (5, Interesting)

noc007 (633443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314612)

The company I work for has all of its servers in a secure colo. The place offers secured cabinets, secured cages with racks, and even does walled off areas of the datacenter floor with a secured door for high paying customers like Google. The facility is manned 24/7 with cameras all over outside and in. The rear of the facility is fenced and gated.

If you're on the roster for your company with floor access this is the process you have to go through to even get to your server:
-If it's at night, you have to use your RFID badge to get in the front door
-Check in with security and sign out for your key if the door is not a combo lock
-Security needs to buzz you through the first door
-RFID badge and finger print through two or three doors
-Iris scan in the man-trap to get to the datacenter floor
-Combo or the checked-out key to get in to the cabinet or cage

On regular intervals they check the people on the floor to make sure that you're suppose to be there.

I'm not saying this place is a fortified facility that can handle a team of insurgents. However, I'd feel that my equipment is safe from the theft I've been hearing about at some datacenters. For a cabinet with a 1Mbps commit data rate with an actual 10Mbps internet connection and IPs, it's about the same cost of having a T1 to the office.

For those that want to know who we use, it's Quality Tech.

I Found The Servers!!!! (0, Redundant)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314644)

I found them out back while I was "Digging in the Dirt"....*BOOM CHING!*

Thief's voice recorded by server (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314648)

I believe the server in question actually had a voice module and an OnStar interface. It broadcast this recording of the thief's voice over the secret OnStar 7500-code network:
"Don't talk back
Just drive the car
Shut your mouth
I know what you are..."

any scrap metal value? (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314740)

Virtual everything around here is being stolen for scrap metal value: irrigation pipes, public statutes, road rails, roof flashing, etc.

Let Me Say "Sorry" Up Front (0, Offtopic)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 6 years ago | (#23314934)

and then say

So. Us had no self control and was diggin in the dirt for some do it yourself security, eh?

*ow* What?

For His Loss... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23314984)

my heart's going boom boom boom... (whatever that means)
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