Last year, more than 70 domains were seized by the Department of Homeland Security for copyright infringement and replaced with layered 1990s drop-shadow graphics so eye-bleedingly bad they may have violated the Geneva Convention. Some of those seizures were as legally questionable as the government’s design sensibilities, targets of the copyright industry rather than real criminals. Rather than get shy about extralegal crackdowns, the New York DHS decided to double down.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent Mozilla a request to remove a Firefox add-on that redirects web surfers from one domain to another. At issue is the MafiaaFire Redirect add-on, which redirects visitors from one domain to another, making it all too easy to sidestep the government's domain name seizures. Be that as it may, Mozilla is so far refusing to comply.
Homeland Security and ICE recent seized multiple domains that simply linked to pirated content. On NPR's Marketplace Tech Report today, an agent from Homeland Security was on to defend the raids. The legality of the action is dubious at best, and host Jon Moe pressed the agent with one simple question: if linking to pirated content gets you pulled from the Internet, what about Google? Find out what he said.