Wednesday, February 16, 2011

US government accidentally shuts down 84,000 websites during child porn raid


Approximately 84,000 websites were shut down and wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography as part of "Operation Protect Our Children," a new joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

The DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that it had executed seizure warrants against ten domain names of websites engaged in the distribution of child pornography, but during the operation the domain name of a large DNS service provider was also mistakenly seized, TorrentFreak reported.

The domain name, which belongs to the DNS provider FreeDNS, hosted 84,000 subdomains, all of which were seized and replaced with a Homeland Security Investigations banner.

"On Friday February 11th at around 9:30 PM PST (the most popular shared domain at was suspended at the registrar level," the FreeDNS owner said in a statement. " has never allowed this type of abuse of its DNS service. We are working to get the issue sorted as quickly as possible."...........

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