Feds shut down 150 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdown

The Justice Department and other federal agencies shut down 150 websites on Monday accused of selling copyrighted materials and counterfeit products.

The crackdown was timed to coincide with "Cyber Monday," the most profitable day of the year for online retailers. 

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As part of the operation, federal agents ordered products such as sports jerseys, DVD sets, shoes, handbags and sunglasses. If the company confirmed the products were counterfeit, the Justice Department obtained an order from a federal judge to seize the website.

Visitors to the 150 websites that were seized will now find a banner notifying them that federal authorities have taken over the domain.

“Through this operation we are aggressively targeting those who are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers, alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability, and today we have sent a clear message that the Department will remain ever vigilant in protecting the public’s economic welfare and public safety through robust intellectual property enforcement.”

Last year, federal agents seized 82 websites in another operation timed to coincide with "Cyber Monday."