The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department appears to be
shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days, according to TorrentFreak.
The sites are replaced with a note from the government: "This domain named has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations."
For instance, borntrade.com, 51607.com, and amoyhy.com have each been
One of the site owners told TorrentFreak that his site was shut down without any notice or warning.
The effort comes as Congress considers the Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Critics, including Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenIs Congress encroaching on Americans' Internet privacy? Marijuana legalization grows closer with Senate tax proposal Senators question Trump admin's alleged attempt to unmask Twitter account MORE (D-Ore.) say it is too heavy-handed. He has vowed to put a formal hold on the bill.