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02|17|2011 02:36 pm EDT

ICE Accidentally Takes Down 84,000 Websites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues, Up to the Minute

As reported before, the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken to seizing domain names when it sees potential copyright infringement or other unlawful items. On February 15th, as part of their “Operation Protect Our Children”, they seized another ten domain names. According to Torrentfreak, this included the domain, which is used to operate some 84,000 sub domain sites through the Free DNS service.? Apparently the ICE had discovered a child pornography site hosted on one of the sub domains. DotWeekly also reported this earlier.

It appears the domain had its previous nameservers restored at the time of writing this, but for two days they displayed a message saying that the domain was seized due to child pornography.

[via ZDnet]

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February 17, 2011 @ 3:04 pm EDT

You should read DotWeekly and you would have this info days ago :) 84,669 sub-domains to be exact.

Frank Michlick

February 17, 2011 @ 5:30 pm EDT

@Jamie: Thanks for filling in the details.

Seems to be the latest trend going around to other blogs and saying “I wrote this first” ;-)


February 17, 2011 @ 6:22 pm EDT

I was just thinking a domain brother would help out a domain brother instead of “According to Torrentfreak” :) or via “ZDnet” who got beat out by two days. ;)


February 18, 2011 @ 7:02 am EDT

In addition to illegal asset seizure, heard ICE takedowns for “trademark infringement” will now use waterboarding to extract a confession. Whatever happened to property rights and the US Constitution?

Seems a complete take-over of the US government by corporations (i.e. fascism) is nearly complete.

Frank Michlick

February 18, 2011 @ 10:32 am EDT

@Jamie: I would have, but I didn’t catch it on DotWeekly. I’ll update it accordingly…


February 18, 2011 @ 10:38 am EDT

No problem Frank, just giving you a hard time ;) I know there are plenty more sites than mine.


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