706 Domains Seized By International Law Enforcement Agencies

10 foreign law enforcement agencies teamed with the  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to seize domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online. A total of 706 domain names were seized. Those were set up to dupe customers into buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season. 297 domain names were seized by US authorities, 393 by European authorities and 16 sites were taken down by Hong Kong Customs.
ICE Acting Director John Sandweg said, "Working with our international partners on operations like this shows the true global impact of IP crime,".. "Counterfeiters take advantage of the holiday season and sell cheap fakes to unsuspecting consumers everywhere. Consumers need to protect themselves, their families, and their personal financial information from the criminal networks operating these bogus sites."
Rob Wainwright, director of Europol said, "This operation is another good example of how transatlantic law enforcement cooperation works. It sends a signal to criminals that they should not feel safe anywhere,".."Unfortunately the economic downturn has meant that disposable income has gone down, which may tempt more people to buy products for prices that are too good to be true. Consumers should realize that, by buying these products, they risk supporting organized crime."

The domain names seized are now in the custody of the respective governments who took part in these operations. Visitors trying to visit these websites will find a banner which notifies them about the seizure.
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