[dns-operations] DHS siezes dynamic DNS domain: mooo.com
jeffc at surbl.org
Sat Feb 19 13:18:36 UTC 2011
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DHS erroneously seizes 84,000 domains, falsely accuses them of
trafficking in child porn
Cory Doctorow at 9:14 AM Thursday, Feb 17, 2011
The DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement department has lately
claimed for itself the right to seize and shutter domain names without
substantial due process. Unsurprisingly, it is now making enormous,
crushing errors as it exercises its self-appointed role as domain cop.
The latest bungle? Erroneously shutting down 84,000 domains and
replacing their content with a warning accusing them and their
visitors of trafficking in child porn.
The domain in question is mooo.com, which belongs to the DNS
provider FreeDNS. It is the most popular shared domain at
afraid.org and as a result of the authorities' actions a massive
84,000 subdomains were wrongfully seized as well. All sites were
redirected to the banner below.
The FreeDNS owner was taken by surprise and quickly released the
following statement on their website. "Freedns.afraid.org has never
allowed this type of abuse of its DNS service. We are working to
get the issue sorted as quickly as possible."
Eventually, on Sunday the domain seizure was reverted and the
subdomains slowly started to point to the old sites again instead
of the accusatory banner. However, since the DNS entries have to
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