Drunken Employee Shoots Up A Server

Police in Salt Lake City say an employee of a mortgage company opened fire on a $100,000 server with a .45 caliber automatic, and then concocted a cover story that his gun had been stolen and used to shoot up the IT equipment.

Joshua Lee Campbell, 23, an employee of RANLife Home Loans, has been charged with felony criminal mischief, carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. 

Campbell told police he had been “mugged, assaulted with his own firearm and drugged” by a mystery assailant. Police say Campbell had been out drinking with a co-worker, and returned to the office and shot up the server. A co-worker told police she discovered Campbell passed out on the floor with his pistol next to him.  

Media reports in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News clearly suggest Campbell was in a troubled state. But he’s not the first person to contemplate aggression against a server, as demonstrated in The Gallery of Exploding Servers (not to mention Flying and Crashing Servers and SWAT Team 1, Servers 0). This story is also being discussed over at Slashdot.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Funny, now alongside the keycard swipe entry, there will be a breathalyzer to blow in before entry is granted. It'll be all the rage for the state-of-the-art datacenters in the future.

  2. A $100,000 server? I'd love to know what kind of hardware that was, and if $100,000 bough enough redundancy to keep the thing running despite being shot. As for the .45, since it was a pistol I am quite confident it was not an automatic, but actually a semi-automatic.

  3. Yojimbo

    @Kamal, the term "automatic pistol" has long been synonymous with "semi-automatic pistol". In fact, the official designation for the standard issue U.S. Army .45 sidearm was "Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911".