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Police take down German Pirate Party servers

German federal police have disconnected German Pirate Party servers from the internet.The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) have left the servers in place, but are searching for details of alleged criminal activity unconnected with the party, Piraten Partei spokesman Christopher Lang told ZDNet UK on Friday.

German federal police have disconnected German Pirate Party servers from the internet.

The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) have left the servers in place, but are searching for details of alleged criminal activity unconnected with the party, Piraten Partei spokesman Christopher Lang told ZDNet UK on Friday.

"All our IT infrastructure is gone for the moment," said Lang. "The servers are turned on, but are off the network, and the police seem to be scanning them."

Piraten Partei members speculated that the police are looking at PiratePad document collaboration software use. The servers are based at Offenbach.

The takedown of Piraten Partei's servers comes two days before local elections in Bremen. The party is gauging the legal situation regarding getting the servers back up and running, said Lang.

The police investigation is being undertaken at the behest of French authorities, according to a Piraten Partei press release on Friday.

The BKA had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.