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US Authorities Seize 131 Domains in Latest Counterfeit Crackdown

US authorities have managed to seize more than 130 domain names that were selling counterfeit goods to the masses as a part of its yearly crackdown.

According to Torrent Freak (opens in new tab), the crackdown, dubbed ‘Operation Our Sites', involved the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seizing and closing down more than 130 websites suspected of online piracy and selling counterfeit goods.

The recent crackdown is the largest cyber seizers in US history, beating last year's ‘Cyber Monday crackdown' in which the DoJ shut down 82 domains.

The only difference between last year's crackdown and the new one is that this time, the law enforcement agencies have targeted ‘rogue' websites which charge directly from their customers.

"This domain name has been seized by ICE -- Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court," reads the message that greets users when they visit a seized website.

The crackdown comes in the midst of a heated argument between right holders and freedom of speech groups over the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which will allow copyright holders to order search engines and internet service providers to block domain names without procuring a court order.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.