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Online threats targeting data centers have Loudoun authorities on alert

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says no specific threat to Loudoun has been found.

After hearing reports today of heightened security at local data centers and nearby office buildings, The Burn reached out to county officials and local authorities. While the parties we spoke with denied any specific threat against a Loudoun County business, online discussions about targeting data centers have led to heightened awareness and coordination among the data center community and local authorities. This evening, The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement to The Burn.

“We are aware of information online regarding potential threats to data centers. At this time the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has no information regarding any credible threat directed against any Loudoun-based business or county government facility. We are working with the data center community, as well as other local businesses and our county partners to assist with any security concerns. We remind residents and businesses to report any suspicious activity by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or by dialing 911.”


  1. Sarah F 2 years ago

    Through the years as data centers continue to be built around Loudoun I’ve had a constant concern about all these targets located closely together. Ever since that “parlor” site was taken down, my first thought was some people with bad intentions may be planning something against the companies with data centers in this area. There should honestly be better security around and above the data centers.

    • John 2 years ago

      While armed response is not typical for these facilities, they should not be confused with soft targets.

  2. Ed Cavanaugh 2 years ago

    Have you ever been in a data center? Most of these can handle an F4 tornado. As far as trying to rush the center, you won’t get past the entrance. Come in with any weapons, the guards will look at you from behind the bulletproof glass and laugh at you while calling the police. (That assumes you actually made it through the front door.). I suspect, though don’t know for sure, that the the stronger buildings van take a nuke. I have very little concern about the concentration of the data centers.

  3. Robert 2 years ago

    Biggest threat to data centers is always insider threat, stealing data/info, docs, creating backdoor access and/or giving hackers enough info. Most employees only go through a minor security background check. Those centers should be treated as classified data with full life poly but that would cost money and rule a lot of current employees out of work.

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