Homeland Security Cracks Down On Torrent Sites

The US government has launched a new campaign to crack down on websites that facilitate illegal file sharing and infringe on copyright laws.

As a part of the crack down, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security has seized more than 70 websites associated with the illegal file sharing of music and movies, and offering counterfeit goods for sale.

According to TorrentFreak, visitors to websites like Torrent-finder.com, 2009jerseys.com, and Dvdcollects.com, saw a legal message posted on the home pages, announcing that the website had been seized by ICE Homeland Security Investigations on the basis of a warrant issued by a US District Court.

Though the owner of website, Torrent-Finder, told Torrent Freak that the seizure had come without warning: "My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court! I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN.”