FAIL: Feds “accidently” shut down 84,000 websites for bogus child porn

porn bannerWith laser-guided precision, the DOJ and Homeland Security dropped the hammer on some child porn websites over the weekend – 84,000 of them. The websites were seized and home pages were replaced with a page accusing them of distributing child porn. Great! Uh, wait a minute… I smell a FAIL coming… Ah yes, here it is (from Gizmodo):

“Operation Protect Our Children” sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops!

The 83,990 sites that weren’t hosting underage porn were stuck with a the gigantic graphic seen here for days after the error was realized. Not exactly a trivial accusation—and an extremely damaging one for the sites, which were mostly personal and small business pages. FreeDNS—the domain service behind the affected sites—was forced to comply with the takedown request by court order, but was clearly (and rightfully) pissed at the misuse of their system: “freedns.afraid.org has never allowed this type of abuse,” they commented. At the moment, nobody has any idea how the tremendous screwup happened.

The government’s response to this grossly inept boot-to-the-face? Oh well, at least we got those 10 kiddie porn sites shut down.

Surely, DoJ and DHS must be a little red in the face over the whole thing. Right? Right..? Nope. In a beaming statement released yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano heroically explained that “Each year, far too many children fall prey to sexual predators and all too often, these heinous acts are recorded in photos and on video and released on the Internet. DHS is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to shut down websites that promote child pornography to protect these children from further victimization.”

Child porn is certainly a disgusting problem and the purveyors should be vigorously prosecuted. Unfortunately the assclowns at DOJ and DHS used a tactical nuke instead of a flyswatter. The failure to at least admit that they made a mistake only rubs salt in the wound.

Why is our FAIL tolerance level so high for government?

Feds Accidentally Shut Down 84,000 Websites over Wrongful Kiddie Porn Accusation “Operation Protect Our Children” sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security‘s tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops!
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