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FBI Reportedly Shuts Down Multiple Servers in Latest Computer Raid

Updated: As the FBI struggles to gain control over Internet crime, it is conducting unprecedented raids on computer equipment that may interfere with third parties’ computer operations.

In what is apparently the latest such move, the FBI has taken control of several racks of servers at a Reston, Va., hosting facility. Although it apparently was targeting only one client, it reportedly has temporarily shut down the Internet operations of a number of others, according to the Bits blog of the New York Times.

Meanwhile, a teenager who lives with his mother in the United Kingdom is being accused by authorities of being a “major player” in LulzSec, which has been blamed for attacks on U.S. Senate and Central Intelligence Agency computers, the Telegraph reports.

His family was stunned by his arrest today, and expressed disbelief about the hacking allegations, the newspaper says.

Related coverage: “Law Firm Loses $78K in Massive Malware Scheme That Was Disabled by Feds” “Almost 20% of Home Computers, 7% of Corporate Ones are Botnet Slaves, Expert Says”

Reuters: “New round of cyber attacks heightens focus on FBI”

Updated at 7:03 p.m. to include information from Telegraph article.

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