September 12, 2013
By James Massey
(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - One of the world's most controversial web servers has fetched a winning bid of $33,000 on eBay.
The server, a Dell Poweredge R410, was made famous by its duty as the designated web server for the controversial WikiLeaks organization, from September 2010 to July 2011.
WikiLeaks had rented the server as part of a hosting contract with the extraordinarily secure Swedish Internet service provider, Bahnhof.
Bahnhof, is known for it's James-Bond-like data center, buried inside the White Mountains of Stockholm, Sweden, in a bunker named Pionen (see video tour below) which was once used as a civil defense center.
A Data Center Fit For A James Bond Villain! (Source: DataCenterPulse)
According to the eBay listing, all the data had been wiped clean from the server, and the hardware was apparently being sold (empty of data) based on it's historical significance alone.
Here's an excerpt from the eBay auction listing; "The physical server is owned by Bahnhof. Wikileaks rented the server as part of a hosting contract. It was never used for any other client than Wikileaks.* For closer specification, see the page of the eBay auction. All hardware is original, including the hard disks. Those have however been erased according to the U.S. specification DoD 5220.22-M where every byte of the hard disk is overwritten several times. The original information cannot be recreated, not even by NSA.”
The listing also stated that the proceeds from the auction were being donated to Reporters Without Borders and the 5th of July Foundation.
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