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More than 700 domains were seized by law enforcement agencies around the world last week for selling counterfeit goods on three continents, according to an article published by the Web Host Industry Review. The article indicated that the investigation was a collective effort by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Europol, and Hong Kong Customs, which was coordinated by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.
Outlining security as a major concern, John Sandweg, ICE Acting Director, was quoted in the article to say, "Counterfeiters take advantage of the holiday season and sell cheap fakes to unsuspecting consumers everywhere," "Consumers need to protect themselves, their families, and their personal financial information from the criminal networks operating these bogus sites."
The article indicated that the counterfeit goods specified in the seizure included "DVDs, electronics accessories, apparel such as sports jerseys, and personal products, with a focus on the NFL and related brands." The majority of sites were hosted in Europe, according to the report. The article went on to say that "Europol seized sites hosted in Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, Spain, and the UK." US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have seized 297 sites hosted in the US.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / December 9, 2013