recommended reading

U.S. seizes hundreds of websites accused of selling fake drugs

naihei/Shutterstock.com

As part of an ongoing effort to combat online counterfeiting and piracy, federal authorities on Thursday announced a major crackdown on websites allegedly engaged in selling counterfeit drugs.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, working with other federal agencies and Interpol, seized 686 websites this week for allegedly selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The move was part of an annual international effort that targets criminal networks engaged in selling online fake drugs. The most recent crackdown, which began late last month and ended on Tuesday, targeted websites in Europe and the United States.

"These international partnerships are essential in the global fight against the trafficking of counterfeit drugs," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. "Instead of taking potentially life-saving medicines, customers are duped into purchasing drugs that are fake or untested and could ultimately do them more harm than good."

Morton's agency has been involved in the seizure of hundreds of domain names linked to websites allegedly engaged in online piracy and counterfeiting. The effort, however, has come under some scrutiny by critics who say the agency has unfairly seized some legitimate sites.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center has been encouraging tougher action against such websites and praised the latest crackdown. "This victory for consumers is the single biggest effort by ICE since the beginning of Operation In Our Sites in 2010, which, until now, had targeted criminals running illicit operations through an additional 839 sites," Steve Tepp, the center's chief intellectual property policy counsel, said in a statement.

(Image via naiheic/Shutterstock.com)

Threatwatch Alert

Spear-phishing / Stolen credentials / User accounts compromised

Gmail Scam Tricks Users With Convincing Login Page

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

    Download
  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.