Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2012 were huge sales days. They were obviously big days for those attempting to sell illegal goods. Counterfeiters set up websites to sell illegal goods. While we have no idea exactly how many sites there are out there selling these goods, we do know 132 domain names were seized and the associated sites were shut down. This is from a news bulletin put out by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
This is my new favorite government acronym “ICE“, as in “watch out the ICE is coming“, or “you have just been iced“. I kinda want an “ICE” badge so I can brandish it and say “I’m putting you on ICE“. That last one does not make any sense but sounds cool. They could get those shirts with built in MP3 players to belt out “Ice Ice baby” when they arrive.
Anyway, back to the fun, the news release is found here: ICE, European law enforcement agencies and Europol seize 132 domain names selling counterfeit merchandise in ‘Project Cyber Monday 3′ and ‘Project Transatlantic’ operations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office (Europol) seized 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers.
The 132 domain names seized are part of Project Cyber Monday 3 and Project Transatlantic. These websites were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season. The operation was coordinated by the ICE HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, D.C.
I am glad to see that unscrupulous individuals are being caught and shut down. It is even more interesting and encouraging that not only was the U.S. involved but other countries as well in a combined effort. They have been pursuing these types of individuals actively for three years and hopefully for many more to come.