A joint operation of European and U.S. law enforcement agencies called ‘Cyber Monday’ took place on 26 November this year.
U.S. officials from the Office of Compliance Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 101 domain name in connection with trafficking in counterfeit goods. Another 31 were arrested domain European intelligence agencies. Was also arrested a resident of Buffalo (piece of New York, USA), suspected of selling counterfeit products under the trademark of Microsoft through the popular free ads Craigslist.
Raids special services on the Internet coincided with the ‘Cyber Monday’ for online stores that experienced the largest influx of visitors for the year due to the beginning of New Year sales. Control domains, arrested during the operation, to State authorities, which have replaced the contents of websites in these domains. Instead of the proposed sale of counterfeit, that is, pirated products, now on these websites posted warning of the penalties for such activities.
According to a press release from the American fighters counterfeiting of service ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Office of Compliance Immigration and Customs Enforcement), among other counterfeit goods, the sale of which were arrested domains and websites are such items as a form of professional sports , DVD-drives, as well as many types of clothing, jewelry and luxury goods. Seizure of domain names was made by a court order issued to prevent the possible spread of counterfeit goods.
The new operation, ‘Cyber Monday’ is part of a larger program called ‘Operation In Our Sites’, operating since 2010. During the existence of the program had been arrested in 1529 domain names, and 684 of them were permanently forfeited to the state.
Experts from the Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation, advocating free access to information, said such arrests websites and domain names invalid, since most of them are carried out without the owners and even arrest without charge for any crimes. It turns out that the site was arrested, and his statement is completely innocent in terms of law and impunity, at least at the time of arrest.
Mentioned at the beginning of the U.S. citizen arrested for selling pirated copies of Microsoft took a little earlier, ‘Cyber Monday’, on Wednesday 21 November. According to reports, earlier this year, he received a warning from Microsoft urging them to stop their illegal activities. Apparently, the warnings were not taken seriously, resulting in further harassment and arrest.