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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FBI Shut Down Pirated Android App Websites

FBI Shut Down Pirated Android App Websites

FBI Shut Down Pirated Android App Websites

Added: Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Surprisingly for everyone, American authorities decided to extend their efforts from torrent trackers and streaming services to the websites that offer pirated Android apps.


In cooperation with French and Dutch police, the FBI decided to seize domain names of the portals that offer pirated mobile apps. Thus far, it remains unknown whether their admins were arrested or not.

The Department of Justice of the United States has made a statement a couple days ago, saying that they have seized 3 domains associated with offering illegal Android apps. The joint forces of three countries took offline applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com, whose users were very surprised to see the “FBI seizure” banner greeting on the main page.

Although it is only the first time such operations took place, it could just be the beginning. According to Special Agent Brian Lamkin, who led the operation in question, this kind of piracy is a kind problem which won’t be set aside. He explains that the virtual thefts cost businesses millions of dollars and are even able to inhibit the development and implementation of new ideas and apps. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in cooperation with different corporate and government partners, isn’t just committed to fighting such thefts, but is also well poised to coordinate with the many jurisdictions that are impacted by such activities.

In the meantime, Assistant Attorney General Breuer claimed that cracking down on piracy of the copyrighted works, including popular applications, is considered a top priority of the Criminal Division. Since software applications have become an increasingly important part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, the Criminal Division is now committed to cooperating with their law enforcement partners in the effort to protect the creators of the applications and other forms of intellectual property from Internet users who want to steal it.

As you might remember, “Operation in Our Sites”, launched two years ago, resulted in the seizure of hundreds of domain names by American authorities, but these operations were only focused on the services that offered counterfeit goods or facilitated copyright violation. So, it is yet unclear whether this kind of domain seizures will become a norm or not.

August 30th,2012

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Date:  Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-08-30 16:03:20)
No avatar?just what the hell are they saying? android is open source, y else can you download the code and write your own software. anybody that charges for an android app is an A-hole!

posted by (2012-08-30 22:47:06)
ic3m4l3 avatarther just repo's ther THOUSENDS more!! and yeh anroid is open source,,but i suppose cracking payable apps is not?? dunno but eaitherway its BS

posted by (2012-08-31 02:49:20)
No avatarbut it looks good to the world at large this great FBI ass**les you see they have tried for years now to do the same to the drug dealer but no the drug man has the money to fill the pockets of the FBI so things go quiet on the line of work !!!!!
you see the boys that look after this side of things don`t know whats really going on in the world of IT !!

posted by ET junkie (2012-08-31 11:40:37)
No avatarjust have to LOL at the FBI sticker on a webpage. i think they'll have just as much success stopping pirates as they do stopping weed.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2012-08-31 12:09:01)
Zohaib avatarFBI and Copyright u can't win ur war to Piracy....Long Live Piracy and Pirates

posted by (2012-08-31 13:14:27)
palles avatartypical of the most corrupt goverment in the world closing down sites just because they are not filling there pockets

posted by (2012-08-31 13:16:58)
palles avatarand the same goes for my own goverment (british) who will bow down to wat ever america wants

posted by (2012-09-04 15:40:42)
floorfiller avataramericans,always wanna stick their noses into everything

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