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.
Whoever snagged “Megaupload” out from under the Feds earned some major bragging rights, but also our thanks for demonstrating yet again just how unsecure Washington’s digital data remains.
And a lot of that data consists of your web habits and phone calls and medical records.