Law enforcers from 18 EU states including the UK, Europol, Eurojust, the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, and Interpol have jointly shut down nearly 30,506 domain names that distributed counterfeit and pirated items over the internet.
The major crackdown on IP infringement is part of operation IOS X, during which, officers arrested three suspects, seized 26.000 luxury products, 363 liters of alcohol, and hardware devices. They also froze more than €150.000 in several bank accounts and online payment platforms.
During the operation, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition deployed experts with a mobile office to cross-check the gathered information.
Europol’s IP Coalition also launched the Don’t F***(ake) Up campaign, that aims to raise awareness of the risks of buying fake products online and to help identify illegal websites, such as fake social media accounts and fake apps.