130 Domains SeizedCyber Monday is here and the U.S. authorities have rounded up the biggest group of domains. They have shutdown more then 100 domains as the spearhead to their anti-piracy efforts. The federal government is only stepping out on a limb to protect U.S. commercial interests. There are some disputes over whether the crackdown is legal, since SOPA is still awaiting approval from Congress.

It is not only piracy, they are targeting, but also counterfeiting. The initiative is called “Operation In Our Sites” and is backed by both the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Their purpose is to seize and shutdown offending sites.

In 2010, just after Thanksgiving Day, 82 domains were seized. That was when it was dubbed “Cyber Monday Crackdown” by the ICE. This was due to its significance in encouraging people to buy Online. Is it extortion?

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