Teen Buys WikiLeaks Server for $33K—of Dad's Money

Needless to say, his dad called that off pretty quickly
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2013 10:55 AM CDT
Teen Buys WikiLeaks Server for $33K—of Dad's Money

Hoping to raise money for charity, Swedish ISP Bahnhof decided to put the now-wiped server that hosted WikiLeaks—and secret Iraq War documents—in 2010 and 2011 up for sale on eBay. Yesterday's winning bid on the Dell Poweredge R410, "complete with hard drives, motherboard and everything," came from a 17-year-old, but the cash—$33,000—was to come from his unknowing dad's account, Wired reports. It was no mistaken clicking either; the boy initially bid $10,200, then bid seven more times before he finally won the server, described on eBay as the "notorious physical server that changed the world."

The server's actual worth is probably closer to $4,000, but it's "a relic of our time," Bahnhof's CEO tells Reuters. "I believe this box has a very high symbolical value. In a way, it is a kind of artifact, an object that has made a mark on world history." But WikiLeaks, not too thrilled with the auction, claimed it wasn't as important as Bahnhof made it out to be. And the boy's dad seems to agree it's not worth $33,000. "My son is 17 years old and is crazy about conspiracy theory," he wrote in an eBay message to explain his now called-off bid. Perhaps the runner-up bid of $32,900 will walk away with the historic piece. (More eBay stories.)

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