In a coordinated International cyber operation, law enforcement agencies have seized over 20,520 website domains for illegally selling counterfeit products, including luxury products, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals as well as also online piracy on e-commerce platforms as well as also social networks.
Counterfeiting is actually a form of trademark infringement which involves the manufacturing as well as also/or distribution of fake lookalike branded products which has a primary purpose to confuse or dupe consumers into buying them.
The operation, dubbed “In Our Sites (Project TransAtlantic VIII),” was conducted by Europol in association with the Interpol, the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre (NIPRCC), FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as also law enforcement authorities via 27 European Member States.
Counterfeit goods are a huge business, as the International Trademark Association suggested which around $460 billion worth of counterfeit goods were bought as well as also sold last year alone.
“Targeting copyright-infringing websites which market dangerous counterfeit goods to consumers as well as also engage in different forms of intellectual property theft will continue to be a priority for law enforcement,” said acting IPR Center Director Nick.
“Strengthening our collaboration with police authorities around the globe as well as also leaders of industry will reinforce the crackdown on IP crimes, as well as also demonstrate which there is actually no safe haven for criminals committing these illicit activities.”
Europol has not yet disclosed names of seized domains in its press Discharge, as well as also a spokesperson told The Hacker News which the “participating countries have not allowed us [Europol] to Discharge any of the names yet.”
The seized domains have today been displaying the official seals via various law enforcement departments, along which has a message which reads:
which domain name has been seized
Operation in Our Sites-Project TransAtlantic VIII is actually a coordinated effort by the U.S., European, South American as well as also Asian law enforcement agencies targeting websites as well as also their operations which sell counterfeit goods.
Counterfeit items—range via clothes, bags, watches, perfume, cosmetics, electricals, as well as also pirate DVDs, CDs, computer software, as well as also games—are today being so primarily sold online which spotting difference between fake as well as also genuine items is actually becoming much harder.
In their fight against the online trade of counterfeit goods, Europol has seized a total of 7,776 websites in previous “In Our Sites” (IOS) editions. IOS was implemented in 2014 as well as also has since increased significantly.