Should hosts cooperate with law enforcement?

Do the police have the expertise to locate a ‘wanted’ server in a data centre, and once located, are they able to take down servers causing minimal disruption and damage, without the help of a host? The answer in most cases is ‘no’.

Just a few months back, it was widely reported that the FBI took down servers from a hosting data facility in the US, which caused a number of websites of innocent companies to disappear. Operations had to be transferred to other locations, or worse, sites weren’t accessible for an extended period of time. As the host in question wasn’t aware of the FBI taking action, customers of the hosting company weren’t immediately notified and the issue resulted in disruption and downtime for a lot of innocent people. A lack of communication and a clear divide between the authorities and the host was evident in this example.

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