Thursday, February 17, 2011

USA 84,000 sites blocked by mistake

The U.S. government has closed 84,000 domains error were charged with distributing child pornography. The problem was to block a domain from an ISP, Free DNS, which depended on these thousands of subdomains. The owners themselves were surprised to see the modified page and on which was an official notice which stated that advertising, transportation, distribution, collection and possession of child pornography is a federal crime that carries penalties of up to thirty years in prison and fines of $ 250,000.

U.S. officials went to a judge to order the blocking of certain domains, ten, but an error led to the closure of a domain that held the rest of 84,000 web pages. FreeDNS owner issued a note stating that his company had never hosted this type of abuse and were working to remedy as quickly as possible the situation.

After a few hours, the estate was reopened and subdomains progressively recover their normal appearance. However, it is estimated it will take three days to restore normal given the number of sites affected. Many of the affected domains belong to individuals or small businesses. Some of them have rushed to put on its website a notice that refuse to keep any practice related to child pornography.

Closely episode occurs in the context of a campaign to block Internet sites accused of pornography, counterfeiting or infringement of intellectual property. This week in the fourth wave of blockades, authorities closed 18 sites accused of selling counterfeit goods. U.S. leverages its expertise in the control of top-level domains (such as.

Com or. Net) to cancel the registration of the domain of the suspicious sites. In a previous wave vBulletin closed the Spanish site offering links to live sports broadcasts owned stations. At least 119 sites have been seized under this operation. The affected sites ranging from offering viewings streaming (no download) at shops suspected of being counterfeit material.

These actions have reopened the debate about the control that the U.S. can exercise on the management of Internet domain names. The agency that regulates, ICANN, a non-profit society governed by the laws of California, has the competition thanks to a transfer of the Department of Commerce United States, for historical reasons of the birth of the Internet, has control them.

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