Texas websites among those seized in Cyber Monday crackdown

Twelve Texas-based websites are among 82 domains seized by federal authorities as part of a nationwide crackdown on counterfeit merchandise as part of a Cyber Monday operation.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reported that Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0 targeted on-line retailers selling everything from counterfeit apparel to DVDs, music and software.

Holder TMs office reported that most of the counterfeit merchandise was made overseas and shipped to buyers in the United States.

By seizing these domain names, we have disrupted the sale of thousands of counterfeit items, while also cutting off funds to those willing to exploit the ingenuity of others for their own personal gain, Attorney General Holder said in a written statement.

Internet users who try to access the websites will find a banner notifying them that the domain name of that website has been seized by federal authorities.

A list released on Monday morning shows that 12 of the 82 websites were based out of the Southern District of Texas, which has federal courthouses in Houston, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville.

Court documents for the 12 websites seized in the Southern District of Texas were not immediately available but officials with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that they were all based out of the Houston area.

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