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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.
The domain in question is mooo.com, which belongs to the DNS provider FreeDNS. It is the most popular shared domain at afraid.org and as a result of the authorities’ actions a massive 84,000 subdomains were wrongfully seized as well. All sites were redirected to the banner below.
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by RUSSO
I can imagine the "government" tee-heeing behind their hand saying, "Ooops", I'm sorry.
Just too bad these websites have been ruined because no one wants to visit child pornography sites. Just 84,000 businesses ruined, is all.
84,000 businesses ruined.
By the friggin' government.
Some "beta" test.
Originally posted by woogleuk
reply to post by beezzer
And the worlds most famous child porn site (I 4 wont C mention H any A names N) is still up and running?
Shows the injustice and incompetence of the people who are supposed to be doing this job.
Your right about people not wanting to visit those sites after the name is tarnished, I feel sorry for the innocent folks who got caught up in this.