Thursday, February 17, 2011

U.S. homeland security firm 84 000 websites "by mistake"

The operation "Protecting Our Children" from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security, DHS), launched this week to fight against child pornography websites, went wrong: the authorities have blocked "by mistake" 84 000 websites which contained no illegal content. DHS is expected to act as though against ten sites for which they had a warrant of arrest.

ICANN, the organization that manages domain names, being under U.S. jurisdiction, the police can apply directly for U.S. seizure of the domain name and in other countries, the police must take action against the hosting of sites. But an error during the procedure has led authorities to enter the field FreeDNS, a service server domain names, a service that allows for correspondence between the address of a Web site and its Internet Protocol address.

Result: 84 000 sites depending on what suppliers have become immediately accessible. In a statement, says no FreeDNS sites using the DNS service is published for child pornography. The service was operating again, but it will take about three days for normal operation is fully restored.

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