The agency has seized 839 websites for selling allegedly counterfeit products over the last two years
The websites recently seized sold jewelry, baby carriers, headphones, sports jerseys, language-learning software and other items, according to pictures of the websites posted on ICE’s website. The seized sites “closely mimicked legitimate websites selling authentic merchandise and duped consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods,” ICE said in a press release.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, led by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, has shut down the websites and taken control of their domain names, ICE said. Visitors to the sites will see a banner saying that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities.
The ICE seizure banner has received more than 103 million page views in the last two years, ICE said.
~ This is what concerns me:
Some of the new websites seized used Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, which are supposed to authenticate financial information and give customers trust that they are sending information to the intended service and not to criminals. Trusted SSL providers should only issue SSL certificates to verified companies that have gone through several identity checks, ICE said. The SSL certificates helped “dupe” customers into thinking they were shopping at a legitimate site, ICE said.
~ Will they then say sites like this are using ‘copyrighted’ materials in their posts?! ~ JP