[At-Large] ICE, European law enforcement agencies and Europol seize 132 domain names selling counterfeit merchandise in 'Project Cyber Monday 3' and 'Project Transatlantic' operation
Dev Anand Teelucksingh
devtee at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 15:15:00 UTC 2012
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark,
France, Romania and the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office
(Europol) seized 132 domain names today that were illegally selling
counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers.
The 132 domain names seized are part of Project Cyber Monday 3 and
Project Transatlantic. These websites were set up to dupe consumers
into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday
shopping season. The operation was coordinated by the ICE HSI-led
National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center)
in Washington, D.C.
This is the third year that the IPR Center has targeted websites
selling counterfeit products online in conjunction with Cyber Monday.
An iteration of Operation In Our Sites (IOS), Cyber Monday 3 seized
101 websites and yielded one arrest.
Additionally, recognizing the global nature of Internet crime, this
year the IPR Center partnered with Europol, who, through its member
countries, executed coordinated seizures of foreign-based top-level
domains such as .eu, .be, .dk, .fr, .ro and .uk. This effort is titled
Project Transatlantic and resulted in 31 domain name seizures.
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