U.S. Shuts Down Alleged Online Pirates
Seizes 132 domain names in Cyber Monday initiative
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/26/2012 3:55:34 PM
The sites were selling a host of counterfeit goods, including videos. It was the third year that ICE has timed the seizures with Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday.
The sites included a number of top-level foreign domains including .uk and .eu.
Leads provided by trademark holders were investigated by field offices in Baltimore; Buffalo; Denver; El Paso; Newark; San Antonio; San Diego and Ventura, Calif., as well as Europol member countries including Belgium, Denmark, France and the UK. Europol joined the U.S.-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) earlier this year.
The crackdown extended to Paypal accounts used by the offending sites.
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