US government mistakenly shuts down 84,000 websites

By Emil
Feb 17, 2011
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  1. The US Government once again seized several domain names this week, but this time it made a mistake. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch (ICE) took down websites related to counterfeit goods and child pornography. As with previous seizures, ICE convinced a District Court judge to sign a seizure warrant, and then had the domain registries in question point to a server that hosts a warning message.

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  2. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TechSpot Maniac Posts: 524   +97

    Oh this day just keeps on getting better and better :D
  3. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 368   +39

    This is an outrage!
  4. colinf

    colinf Newcomer, in training Posts: 43   +7

    go team america world police!!

    bet the small businesses accused of child porn love you
  5. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    Does the US know there is a war going on?
  6. Working in IT I am already seeing more and more businesses moving their data-centers away from U.S. due to the shoot first, ask questions later mentality.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Mistakenly as in the order mistakenly included instructions that would result in the 84,000 domains being shut down, or mistakenly as in the people who enacted the order mistakenly ended up shutting off 84,000 domains. In other words, was the end effect a mistake of the gov't or the people who physically pulled the plug?

    I don't have a problem with child porn domains being shut down, but I would hope that either the people making decisions, or carrying them out, are able to do so in a way that minimizes such collateral damage. And I certainly hope that these businesses are offered some kind of restitution for the economic damage caused by this "mistake".
  8. hassaan

    hassaan Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    Neo-gestapo... that's what I call these.....
  9. LOL working as a network administrator, i dont think...in the 2 years i've been doing networking that i've set up any networks that run servers straight in the US. Hrm...Wonder why?

    Most of the servers are in Germany or Sweden. But even sweden is a little sketchy.
  10. Big deal....84.000 porno sites in minus,
    there is plenty of 'em over the Internet


    Go Go American Global Justice and masonic peace by cutting free porno
  11. Lol either die a hero, or stay long enough to become the enemy. Who cares if they seized stuff that was incorrect. They returned it, and better to help then to do nothing at all.
     
  12. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,658   +57

    Everyone makes mistakes, **** happens. Instead of busting counterfiet websites wouldnt our tax payer money be better spent busting corporate embezzlers and potential ponzy scheme douche bags who caused the global economy to spiral into ruin? Or maybe use it to bust meth labs? I guarantee 90% of tax payers would rather see there money busting meth labs, isn't the government for the people?

    Of course shutting down child porn is a good thing.
  13. matrix86

    matrix86 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 802   +8

    .................HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on dude, wake up. This is the 21st century. The government has given the finger to the ideals and morals they were founded on.

    Now, I have no problem with what they're doing. Child porn needs to go because that's just wrong. Counterfeit sites need to go because they cause a lot of problems. But if you're going to do it, you need to be damn sure everything is in order. You need to be very thorough and do a double (and maybe even triple) check.
  14. PlutoCrazy

    PlutoCrazy Newcomer, in training

    My websites didn't go down, so I wasn't accused of being a pervert... but man, if I'd been one of those effected the slander, defamation, libel and loss of income suit my lawyers would be filing would make a Power Ball Lottery win look like chump change.

    So what's 84,000 lawsuits for DHS stupidity gonna cost the US taxpayer I wonder?
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,884   +77

    Matrix86 Said:
    The Department of Redundancy Department lost their sheet of carbon paper... what an original mistake.
  16. gooderguy

    gooderguy Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    Wow, maybe one day we'll see a headline... "US government accidentally hits internet kill switch" ...ooops!


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