Op removes nearly half a million fake websites

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A crackdown on websites featuring pirated content and counterfeit products resulted in the deletion of nearly 495,000 websites and the seizure of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit products.

Operation In Our Sites took place between May 1 and November 12 and resulted in 12 arrests, 48 ​​criminal cases and the confiscation of counterfeit items worth $ 2.6 million (2, $ 9 million), including over 180,000 falsified medical products.

He also recovered more than 42,000 other counterfeit items, including shoes, clothing and accessories, and 11 fake works of art that were sold on online auction sites.

The joint international operation involved law enforcement agencies from 30 countries and was supported by Europol, Eurojust and Interpol. The latest installment is the twelfth at our sites since the launch of enforcement action in 2014.

As always, the operation is set to culminate in preparation for Black Friday / Cyber ​​Monday shopping to try to have the most impact on illicit trade.

As part of the crackdown, officers also intercepted more than € 460,000 in cash, 37 cars and a motorbike.

“The sale of counterfeit goods and pirated material is becoming an increasingly serious problem for law enforcement authorities for a number of reasons,” Europol said in a statement.

“The Internet allows criminals to remain anonymous due to the borderless nature of international electronic commerce,” he added. “It has never been easier to offer counterfeit products or pirated content online, as consumers have access to a wider variety of illegal products but are unaware of the potential risks.”

The last In Our Sites operation in 2020 resulted in 21,910 domain name withdrawals and the items seized were estimated at 2.5 million euros.

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