A TEENAGED BOY has not bought an ex-Wikileaks server for $33,000, despite having placed the winning bid on it at eBay.
he boy won the server through an eBay auctTion offered by Swedish ISP Bahnhof, but according to a report at Wired, which the firm has confirmed to us, he was using his father's eBay account and his dad is not very happy about it.
"My son is 17 years old and is crazy about conspiracy theory," he said, according to an email seen by Wired. "A more serious conversation will be tomorrow."
The eBay auction generated a lot of bids, and the server was listed as "Wikileaks primary web server", described as a Dell Poweredge R410 server
"This is indeed the physical web server from which the leaked cablegate material was released, complete with hard drives, motherboard and everything! It can be plugged in and used immediately," read the listing.
"We ourselves put it on a pedestal and displayed it as a museum item in our underground Thule Brunkow Ridge data center in central Stockholm, as a symbol for our values as a hoster and ISP. Note: 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."
The money from the auction was set to be donated to the organisations Reporters Without Borders and the 5th of July Foundation, 5july.org. Wikileaks was unimpressed by the auction, saying that while it supports charity it does not support self-promotion.
"We support RSF," it said in a tweeted message. "We do not support Bahnhof exploiting the privacy and good name of their clients for marketing purposes."
The server has been wiped of any Wikileaks information, but a contract signed by Julian Assange was offered as proof of the hosting arrangement. µ