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Police in the UK could get new powers to suspend internet domain names without a court order if they're being used for illegal activity, under rules proposed to .uk registry manager Nominet.
Domains being used to commit any of the laundry list of crimes covered by the Serious Crimes Act 2007 such as counterfeiting, fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement would be eligible for seizure under the policy.
So presumably there will be rush from all the crooks and charlatans to buy .net, .eu and .com domain names?
Under the campaign, the government seizes domain names issued by or under the control of US-based registrars or webhosts. That causes people who type the names into browsers to be directed to a page that says it has been seized by ICE Homeland Security Investigations. The seizures have no effect on the servers or underlying IP addresses used to run the sites, so the sites remain available to those who use a Firefox addon or other technologies to work around the action.