[NA-Discuss] Homeland Security seizes Domain Names

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Sun Nov 28 19:27:55 UTC 2010

Well, despite rumors of the whole thing being a hoax or stunt the NIPRCC
appears to be genuine <http://www.ice.gov/iprcenter/> and the takedowns
legit, but the confusion is understandable - the methods were obscure and
devious. The inclusion of two visitor tracking scripts especially raised

ICE did take out some sites in June, but did announce it officially
http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1006/100630losangeles.htm and checking one
of the officially seized sites http://tvshack.net/
<http://tvshack.net/>  reveals
a smaller graphic and none of the analytics scripts

It does raise some questions

1) Why no confirming PR from ICE? http://www.ice.gov/news/

2) Why track visitors?

3) Why use third parties and hide behind anonymous whois?

4) Why are the redirected sites not Section 508 compliant?

5) Why do it over Thanksgiving holiday?

As the above article notes it will be interesting to see if Afilias
registered sites are the next target, and it is evident that COICA is
required to similarly block non US registered domains.


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