US Government Accidentally Shuts Down 84,000 Websites

Photo: Zapyon (CC)

Photo: Zapyon (CC)

What happens when the government is given an internet kill switch? They accidentally shut down 84,000 websites whose identity they’ve mistaken during a child porn raid. Daily Tech reports:

In evidence of the dangers of the U.S. government’s increasing “kill switch” powers regarding web servers inside the U.S., the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE last week essentially shut down 84,000 sites in a case of mistaken identity.

The shutdowns targeted mooo.com, the most popular shared domain at free web service provider FreeDNS.  FreeDNS is a free domain service that is immensely popular among file sharers, blogs, small businesses, and other independent operators.  Its homepage is afraid.org.

With the mooo.com shutdown last Friday, the ICE accidentally shut down 84,000 subdomain pages.  The pages were all redirected to a banner that stated “Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.”

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  • Payrollpinky

    Someone needs to slap the Government upside the head. Something like this will definitly help the downward spiral of the U.S.

  • Payrollpinky

    Someone needs to slap the Government upside the head. Something like this will definitly help the downward spiral of the U.S.

  • You_hoo

    all y’all ‘net neutrality’ supporters, listen:

    you’re setting us up for this kinda shit when you run to Big Daddy government because you think you have a Constitutional right to download terabytes of Mexican donkey porn onto your smartphone.

  • You_hoo

    all y’all ‘net neutrality’ supporters, listen:

    you’re setting us up for this kinda shit when you run to Big Daddy government because you think you have a Constitutional right to download terabytes of Mexican donkey porn onto your smartphone.

    • Andrew

      Mexican donkey porn! Nice, subtle ad hominem there, CerebralCaustic!

      Of course, it’s perfectly fine if Internet websites are shut down by corporations, right?

    • quartz99

      Right, because of course making it illegal for corporations to block or slow down content that’s not theirs or that they’re not getting kickbacks from means handing a “kill switch” for all websites to the DHS. Exactly _how_ do you get from one to the other?

  • Andrew

    Mexican donkey porn! Nice, subtle ad hominem there, CerebralCaustic!

    Of course, it’s perfectly fine if Internet websites are shut down by corporations, right?

  • Anonymous

    Right, because of course making it illegal for corporations to block or slow down content that’s not theirs or that they’re not getting kickbacks from means handing a “kill switch” for all websites to the DHS. Exactly _how_ do you get from one to the other?

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