Published December 25, 2010
The UK Metropolitan Police Service have announced the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) removed 1,800 web sites and their associated domain names during 2010.
A statement from the MPS says officers worked with domain registrars to identify and take web sites offering or advertising counterfeit goods, or goods that were never delivered to purchasers.
Items included tickets for events and popular brand name goods. The MPS says the sites were run by organised crime syndicates and the proceeds thought to fund other illegal activity.
Nominet, the registry for .uk domain name registrations, co-operated with the taskforce which focused its efforts in the leadup to the holiday season; a time when traditionally fraudster activity is at its peak.
In other .uk domain name news, Nominet announced last week that the .uk register passed another major milestone when it reached nine million registrations. Nominet says 2010 was a particularly good year for .uk, with a net increase of one million domains registered in the last year. Last Wednesday, Nominet also announced the appointment of two new Trustees to the board of Nominet Trust; a body that provides funding for UK-based initiatives that contribute to a safe, accessible Internet used to improve lives and communities.
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