The Most Notorious Server Room Heists

Businesses around the globe have their own server rooms for performing online operations. Such rooms are designed to ensure the security of your infrastructure and your customers. Such space should be at least behind lock-and0key, and have limited access to it. Ideally, it should be equipped with alarms that would warn about unauthorized entry and leakage of information. Besides, it should feature an IP camera to monitor who opens and leaves the room.

Generally, server rooms are quite safe, and there have been only 5 major data-center heists during the last 10 years. That seems to be nothing in comparison with bank robberies: more than 3400 cases took place in the US in 2014 alone.

Evidently server rooms get robbed more often since they are not secured as well as data-centers. Here are the most notorious burglaries that involved physical theft rather than virtual hacking.

In 2006 a burglar entered the office of American Insurance Group (AIG) and managed to take a computer server where social security numbers and medical records of almost million Americans were stored. The thief broke into a server room through the ceiling. That leads us to the conclusion that a server room should have one entrance and definitely no windows.  

Year later, another thief stole a computer file server from a locked office of University of California in San Francisco. The server contained personal medical information: there were results of more than 3,000 cancer research cases.

In 2008 thieves broke into Indiana’s Central Collection Bureau and took a server with data-base consisting from 700,000 Indiana residents’ social security numbers. Besides, it has information about customer bills in 100 Indiana businesses. Unfortunately, the server even wasn’t encrypted.

The same year the office of Colt Express Outsourcing Services was robbed. Social security numbers of Google and CNET personnel was stored on a server. What smoothed things down for the thieves was the fact that the office did not have any alarm system. Guess what? It went out of business soon.

The next serious burglary took place in 2010. Two thieves broke a window in the office of one Eyecare Oprometry in Silicon Valley, and stole a data-base server with info on 40,000 clients. The data-base included their phone numbers, social security numbers and dates of birth, medical insurances, addresses, family members and health reports.

In 2013 an office of Vudu streaming media provider was broke in. Burglars stole hard drives that contained information about Wal-Mart customers: addresses, birthdates, e-mails, account activity and information about their credit cards.

In 2015 a burglar made his way in the server room of Plan UK (organization that specializes on children charity) and took five servers. They contained mission-critical information about 90,000 supporters: their addresses, names, contacts and bank account numbers.

How can you protect your server? First and foremost, you should find a trustworthy data-center, since the vast majority of server rooms are easily entered by robbers. INXY offers dedicated servers in the most advanced data-centers that provide top-notch security facilities, including 24/7 IP cameras, around the clock server monitoring and fingerprint check-ins. However, if you still want to have your server in your business location, make regular back-ups. We have a bunch of recommendations and tips for you.