Europol seizes 292 internet domain names selling counterfeit products

Tuesday 2 December 2014 00:46 CET | News

Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized 292 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online.

The 292 domain names seized are part of project ‘In Our Sites (IOS) Transatlantic V’. The operation was coordinated by Europol for its partners (Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the UK) and the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, DC, for the US.

Since August 2014, Europol and the IPR Center (NIPRCC) have received leads from trademark holders regarding the infringing websites, which were then circulated to law enforcement authorities in the participating countries.

The domain names seized are now in the custody of the governments involved in these operations. Visitors typing those domain names into their web browsers will find either a banner that notifies them of the seizure and educates them about the crime of willful copyright infringement, or the visitors will not be able to access the website anymore.

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Keywords: Europol, internet domain, counterfeit products, web fraud, online security
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Countries: World
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Fraud & Financial Crime