The FBI has seized a lot of domain names over the past few years. Some of them have been rather high profile sites, while others you probably haven’t heard of.
But many of these web domains seized by the FBI were reclaimed this week when the feds forgot to renew the registration for them.
It would seem that in most, if not all, of these cases, the sites were used to disseminate what the feds are calling malware, with no obvious link to their former owners. Theories are already proliferating as to who is behind the cooping.
When the bureau failed to renew the domain registration for the sites, the redirect to the now-infamous FBI banner page started redirecting to a series of advertisements.
Most of these advertisements were for porn or drugs. We have not verified that any actual malware was part of these sites’ contents.
One of the most famous (or infamous) sites in question was Megaupload, accused of being used by millions to watch pirated movies and TV shows.
For years, the feds had control of URLs such as Megaupload.com and Megavideo.com which today redirected to the ad pages, according to TorrentFreak.
ArsTechnica is said to be the man behind all of these acquisitions. Going by the name “Earl Grey”, he is said to have bought all of these sites at GoDaddy.com auctions for the name, when the feds failed to renew.
The international persona known as Kim Dotcom was overjoyed at the news.
The New Zealand figure behind Megaupload is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. for copyright infringement charges.
“You have to see this to believe it: Megaupload.com,” he said via Twitter. “Porn, drugs, malware & ad scams brought to you by the US Department of Justice.”
The FBI has not commented on any of this just yet.
(Article by Zeidy David)