In what universe is it OK to mistakenly screw over 84,000 law abiding citizens to catch ten bad guys?
It turns out DHS shut down an Interent superdomain hosting all those sites. This ended up a case of mistaken identity. The last paragraph is the key one.
Government believed the sites contained child pornography, but they did not
In evidence of the dangers of the U.S. government’s increasing “kill switch” powers regarding web servers inside the U.S., the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE last week essentially shut down 84,000 sites in a case of mistaken identity.
The shutdowns targeted mooo.com, the most popular shared domain at free web service provider FreeDNS. FreeDNS is a free domain service that is immensely popular among file sharers, blogs, small businesses, and other independent operators. Its homepage is afraid.org.
With the mooo.com shutdown last Friday, the ICE accidentally shut down 84,000 subdomain pages. The pages were all redirected to a banner that stated “Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.”
The court order to shut down and redirect the sites was granted via a seizure warrant from a District Court. The warrant was executed as part of the DHS ICE team’s “Operation Save Our Children”.
The key problem is that none of the sites thus identified under the mooo.com superdomain had child porn on them. They appear to have been the victim of an overzealous government police force with a bit too much power on its hands.
The crazy actions being taken at state and federal levels which are arbitrarily harming citizens at an alarming rate should be a source of concern for all Americans. I wonder though how many Americans are watching. Or care. Until it’s them who are victimized by the dumbasses.