Counterfeit Crackdown Hits 690 Websites

EU and US authorities collaborated to seize hundreds of domains

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Authorities in the United States and Europe collaborated to seize control of 690 websites selling counterfeit merchandise, the European police coordination agency Europol announced Monday.

“These websites were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit products,” Europol said in a statement. In the operation dubbed “In Our Sites,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took down 297 domain names in the United States, while European authorities in Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Romania, Spain and the UK seized 393 domains.

Europol said the market is particularly flooded with knock-off items in the weeks leading up to the holiday season. The most frequently counterfeited items each year, the statement said, “include headphones, sports jerseys, personal care products, shoes, toys, luxury goods, cell phones and electronic accessories.”

4 comments
hotrajeev
hotrajeev

Seizure of domain registry will not led to end of the sites they can operate with other similar domain names.


AshleyMann
AshleyMann

It's incredible that there were so few sites listed in this crackdown of counterfeits.  I figured that there would be more - I just hope that one of the guys that I met at millionaire match didn't use one of the named sites to buy me something.  Makes me wish that there were more legitimate and honest people in the world. 

cameronmasters
cameronmasters

@JohnNagel That's fine that you think Obama is hypocritical in that respect, but he's not a 'counterfeit,' because that's not what 'counterfeit' means. Back to the Nut Hut for you.