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[News Story] - Domain Closures

Midnight_Caller
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[News Story] - Domain Closures

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’"]
The US Government has yet again shuttered several domain names this week. The Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE office proudly announced that they had seized domains related to counterfeit goods and child pornography. What they failed to mention, however, is that one of the targeted domains belongs to a free DNS provider, and that 84,000 websites were wrongfully accused of links to child pornography crimes.
As part of “Operation Save Our Children” ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center has again seized several domain names, but not without making a huge error. Last Friday, thousands of site owners were surprised by a rather worrying banner that was placed on their domain.
“Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution,” was the worrying message they read on their websites.
As with previous seizures, ICE convinced a District Court judge to sign a seizure warrant, and then contacted the domain registries to point the domains in question to a server that hosts the warning message. However, somewhere in this process a mistake was made and as a result the domain of a large DNS service provider was seized.

[quote="By: Violated"]
Congratulations ICE. You just made 84000 cases of unlawful libel concerning a very disturbing subject.
I would not be surprised if some of these people take court action but at least you soon realised and corrected this horrific mistake.
This also highlights how the judge is blindfolded and simply signs what he is asked to.
The process has now highlighted how errors can be made leading to highly questionable domain seizures.
It would seem wise if the court hears such domain seizure requests that they should allow domain owners suitable time to contest and point out errors in ICE's claim of wrongdoing

Watt I agree with 100%
From my forum here
2 REPLIES
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Registered: 11-08-2007

Re: [News Story] - Domain Closures

land the free?  ha ha.
mentalist3d
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Registered: 20-08-2009

Re: [News Story] - Domain Closures

This may be common practice in the UK soon as police are looking for more powers to grab domains - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/10/police_close_domain/
[sarcasm]This of course won't be abused, like the time the police tried to shut down the site FitWatch - http://www.fitwatch.org.uk[/sarcasm]