p2pnet view P2P:- US government taxpayer funded corporate copyright cops ICE (short for Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have suffered a major melt-down.
The largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE has been having domains said to be involved in varying degrees of ‘piracy’ & porn closed for, and on behalf of, corporate interests, not the least of whom are: Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music; and, Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures.
In their newest op, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice yesterday “announced the execution of seizure warrants against 10 domain names of websites engaged in the advertisement and distribution of child pornography as part of ‘Operation Protect Our Children’—a new joint operation between DOJ and DHS’ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target sites that provide child pornography.”
Well done. Although they somehow missed a couple of the most egregious porn helpers.
Sadly, ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center also blew it with one of the domains they did target, says TorrentFreak, going on >>>
As with previous seizures, ICE convinced a District Court judge to sign a seizure warrant, and then contacted the domain registries to point the domains in question to a server that hosts the warning message. However, somewhere in this process a mistake was made and as a result the domain of a large DNS service provider was seized.
The domain in question is mooo.com, which belongs to the DNS provider FreeDNS, was suspended at the registrar level. It is the most popular shared domain at afraid.org and as a result of the authorities’ actions a massive 84,000 subdomains were wrongfully seized as well.
FreeDNS owner posted 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.
On Sunday the domain seizure was reversed and “the subdomains slowly started to point to the old sites again instead of the accusatory banner”, says the post, adding:
“However, since the DNS entries have to propagate, it took another 3 days before the images disappeared completely.”
When we went for a look at mooo.com at 10:36 am Pacific, all we saw was “No website has been configured for this address”.
Google search – Google Search: major porn engine, January 27, 2011
Bing search – Bing Search: major porn engine, January 2, 2010
TorrentFreak – U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’, February 16, 2011
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World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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