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ICE Seizes 132 Websites in ‘Cyber Monday’ Crackdown

Monday, 26 Nov 2012 04:28 PM

By Todd Beamon

In its third “Cyber Monday” crackdown, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and European officials closed down 132 websites for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise.

The agency’s Homeland Security Investigations unit coordinated with officials from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office to seize the sites, The Hill reports.

"Cyber Monday" is the Monday following Thanksgiving. Many online retailers offer huge discounts and promotions.

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"This operation is a great example of the tremendous cooperation between ICE and our international partners at the [Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center]," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement reported by The Hill. "Our partnerships enable us to go after criminals who are duping unsuspecting shoppers all over the world.

“This is not an American problem. It is a global one – and it is a fight we must win," Morton said.

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