US gov kills 84,000 web sites in child porn gaffe

US gov kills 84,000 web sites in child porn gaffe

The US government has managed to shut down 84,000 web sites in a purge on child pornography which went horribly wrong.

The Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE office announced last week that it had shut down ten sites dealing in kiddie porn and and counterfeit goods but it turns out that the organisation had actually killed off 84,000 entirely innocent web sites by mistake.

The sites, which are mainly owned by small businesses and hosted by free FreeDNS, were all listed under the domain mooo.com, and were seized after a district court judge was convinced to issue a warrant. Each site was subsequently plastered with a rather scary notice saying “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.”

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According to TorrentFreak, FreeDNS was taken by surprise and quickly released the following statement on its website. “Freedns.afraid.org has never allowed this type of abuse of its DNS service. We are working to get the issue sorted as quickly as possible.”

The Department of Homeland Security is keeping quiet about the whole sorry mess simply saying: “DHS is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to shut down websites that promote child pornography to protect these children from further victimization.”

Which is all well and good if they target the sites actually breaking the law rather than 84,000 innocent businesses and individuals.

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