Homeland Security Investigations Seize Domains and PayPal Accounts

Authorities in the United States are continuing with their effort to seize website domains deemed to be infringing copyright and trademark laws.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is the driving force behind Operation in Our Sites, an initiative that has seen dozens of domain names seized by the U.S. Government since 2010.

While file-sharing related domains have been seized on a number of occasions, more recently the emphasis has switched to sites connected to the sale of physical counterfeit products.

Last Friday, HSI special agents moved to seize 10 domains said to be involved in the distribution of counterfeit cycling products.

“The seizure of these domain names is an important tool in HSI’s continuing efforts to protect the consumer from sub-par and dangerous goods,” said Brian M. Moskowitz, the special agent in charge of HSI Houston.

“HSI special agents are also committed to protecting the rights of businesses that play by the rules so that they can remain competitive and support our economy.”

In addition to the domain name seizures, HSI targeted the site’s PayPal accounts said to contain more than $90,000.


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