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12|04|2009 03:26 pm EDT

Police Gets .UK Registry to Shut Down Over 1,200 Domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs

British Policemen by Steve Punter (Flickr)

British Policemen by Steve Punter (Flickr)


The Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in the United Kingdom announced in a Press Release that they have shut down 1,219 websites and domains in cooperation with Nominet, the .UK registry operator. The shut-down will also prevent re-registration of the domain names.

Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie, head of the PCeU, said: As part of Operation Papworth, the PCeU this week targeted websites run by organised criminal networks which purported to sell designer items – including Ugg Australia Boots, ghd hair straighteners, and jewellery from Tiffany & Co and Links of London. Innocent shoppers were duped into making what appeared to be bargain purchases, but received either nothing at all or counterfeit products.

Victims also ran the potential risk of the criminals stealing their identity for misuse elsewhere. The websites are thought to have generated millions of pounds for the gangs which could then be used to fund other illicit activity.

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Lesley Cowley, chief executive of Nominet, said: “We received clear instructions from the PCeU to take down the .co.uk domain names, which have been under investigation for criminal activity. We worked closely with the police and our registrars to quickly carry out the instruction to shut down access to these sites.

“Nominet is committed to making the Internet a safe place for all users. The vast majority of .co.uk domains are legitimate, but where there are investigations about improper or illegal activity, we work with law enforcement bodies such as the Metropolitan Police to help identify and then limit the number of illegal or fake websites. Always our aim is to take fast, effective and responsible action to protect consumers and end users.”

[Press Release]

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