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EasyNet Suffers Robbery Embarrassment

Posted: 21st Oct, 2006 By: MarkJ
UK ISP and network operator EasyNet has suffered a large and somewhat embarrassing robbery; unfortunately attempts to keep the theft quite haven't worked and there is an unusual amount of police confusion:

Late on Monday, two thieves used a swipe card to drive a van up to Easynet's Brick Lane headquarters. Once inside they began loading equipment into their van. They were watched by two security guards - one was doing his rounds and the other watched by CCTV - but both assumed the thieves, with their legitimate swipe cards also had a legitimate reason to take the kit, according to our sources.

Other versions of the story appeared on internet service provider mailing lists. One version initially reported that it was an armed robbery and another put the value of the kit stolen at £6m.

According to other Easynet customers who emailed the Reg, the ISP was telling customers a power outage was responsible for the problems. The company is now owned by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB.

EasyNet has refused to comment on the situation, only stating that they are working closely with the police. Curiously The Register notes that the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police have no record of the ISP being in contact with them.
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