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US Government Domain Seizure Results in Unintended Shutdown of Thousands of Websites

Reported in TorrentFreak: "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."

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Updates:  UPDATED Feb 18, 2011 1:39 PM PDT
ICE Confirms Inadvertent Web Site Seizures InformationWeek, Feb.18.2011

Related topics: Censorship, Cybercrime, DNS, Domain Names, Internet Governance, Law

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