Fake sites seized in blitz

2012-11-26 23:00
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Washington - The head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, announced that US and European authorities seized 132 domain names in a counterfeit goods crackdown linked to Cyber Monday, the online bargain day.

ICE agents seized 101 domain names in the United States and 31 were taken over by officers in Britain, Romania, Belgium, France and Denmark and by Europol, the European Police Office, Morton pointed out.

The sites, many linked to organised crime, were selling fake goods that ranged from National Football League jerseys and Nike shoes to Adobe Systems software, he said.

"There is much money to be made out there duping consumers and that is what is going on," he went on to say.

Investigations are ongoing and more sites will be seized in coming days.

In the United States, 41 rights owners' merchandise was being sold on the seized sites, Morton said.

ICE said in a statement that one US arrest had been made.

The crackdown marks the third year that ICE has targeted websites selling counterfeit goods on Cyber Monday, the online shopping spree.

It is the first time the agency has carried out the operation with European police.

The Cyber Monday seizures raise the total number of US sites taken over to 1 630 since ICE began its anti-counterfeit campaign in June 2010.

PayPal accounts identified with the sites and holding a total of more than $175 000 are being targeted for seizure, the ICE statement said.

Morton put the scale of online piracy in the billions of dollars.

Much of the online counterfeiting is in China and other parts of Asia, and US authorities are working with China on the problem, he said.


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