Big Sis Seizes 8 More Domains in ‘Piracy’ Crackdown

The Department of Homeland Security seized at least eight website addresses over the weekend, bringing to 128 the number of domains confiscated as part of a government piracy crackdown.

The government is taking the sites with court approval, under the same civil seizure law the government invokes to seize brick-and-mortar drug houses, bank accounts and other property tied to illegal activity.

The seizures, first reported by TorrentFreak, came as Congress is mulling dramatically increasing the government’s legal power to disrupt and shutter websites “dedicated to infringing activities.”

The sites seized are:

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DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency began seizing the domains last year in a program known as “Operation in Our Sites.”

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