Feds in hard-core BitTorrent crackdown

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Agents from at least three federal entities have unceremoniously seized a domain that hosted a BitTorrent meta-search engine.

"My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court," the owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak.

"I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN."

Meanwhile, TorrentFreak's Enigmax noted that federal agents recently seized a number of music and swag related domains, including RapGodFathers, OnSmash.com, DaJaz1.com, 009jerseys.com, nfljerseysupply.com, throwbackguy.com, cartoon77.com, lifetimereplicas.com, handbag9.com, handbagcom.com and dvdprostore.com.



"Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder," wrote Enigmax.

"Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner."

Note: Torrent-Finder remains alive and operational via Torrent-Finder.info.