The FBI Confiscated an Instapaper Server in an Unrelated Raid

Marco Arment apparently had a server confiscated in the same FBI raid that toppled Pinboard:

So the FBI now has illegal possession of nearly all of Instapaper’s data and a moderate portion of its codebase, and as far as I know, this is completely out of my control.

Due to the police culture in the United States, especially at the federal level, I don’t expect to ever get an explanation for this, have the server or its data returned, or be reimbursed for the damage they have illegally caused.

Update, 27 Jun 2011: Looks like they took the server, but not the hard drives:

DigitalOne’s CEO, Sergei Arsentiev, informed me in an email last night that the FBI agents only took one enclosure containing 16 HP C7000 blade servers (including the one I was leasing), but that my server’s two hard drives were in a separate HP MDS600 enclosure that was not taken, and the drives were never removed from it.

Thursday, 23 June 2011