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11|26|2012 02:14 pm EDT

132 Domain Names seized on Cyber Monday

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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This Messages Appears on the Seized Domains

According to a Reuters release United States and European authorities seized 132 domain names. According to DNN’s knowledge this is the first time that an international cooperation in order to seize domain names happened like this:

ICE agents seized 101 domain names in the United States and 31 were taken over by officers in Britain, Romania, Belgium, France and Denmark and by Europol, the European Police Office, ICE Director John Morton said.

A list of the domains has not been published, so it is not quite clear if ccTLDs were also involved. One person in the US was arrested.

The Cyber Monday seizures raise the total number of U.S. sites taken over to 1,630 since ICE began its anti-counterfeit campaign in June 2010.

PayPal accounts identified with the sites and holding a total of more than $175,000 are being targeted for seizure, the ICE statement said.

According to Dailychanges there have been no domains there were added to the previously used nameservers (ns1.seizedservers.com) recently, however we did notice that apparently one of the seized names, golfstaring.com, has expired at Network Solutions and the nameservers were changed to “ns1/2.pendingrenewaldeletion.com”.

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04|14|2011 04:10 pm EDT

Firefox Add-on “Undoes” U.S. Government Domain Seizures

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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In light of the recent domain name seizures, a new Add-on for Firefox called “MAFIAA Fire“, bypasses the seizure of domain names by the US government. The plugin contains a list of the seized domains and will redirect the user to an alternative site if available.

TorrentFreak got in touch with the MAFIAA Fire developer, who told us that this is just the beginning. Inspired by a quote from John Gilmore who once said “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it,” they are determined to retaliate against these and other censorship attacks.

Read More: Firefox Add-on ‘Undoes’ U.S. Government Domain Seizures | TorrentFreak.

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

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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 mooo.com, 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 mooo.com 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]