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U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’

 
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02/17/2011 06:16 AM
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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.

further on : [link to torrentfreak.com]
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02/17/2011 06:31 AM
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Re: U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’
I bet not one of the sites has child pron. It's just a way to get the "OMGZ" crowd riled up while they shut down legit sites.

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