International Police Seize Nearly 1,000 Counterfeit Sites
Nearly 1,000 websites selling counterfeit merchandise online have been seized in an international law enforcement operation.
The operation, known as In Our Sites, tackled the sale of counterfeit goods, trademark infringements and online privacy.
The latest operation was organised and led by Europol and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations. It involved law enforcement agencies from the UK and 18 other countries.
According to ICE the market is flooded each year with counterfeit products being sold online, on street corners and in stores.
In a statement, ICE, said: "The internet has facilitated the sale of counterfeit merchandise online and criminals have taken advantage of the internet to deceive, sell and ship fake products directly to unsuspecting consumers."
Europol's role involved organising, coordinating and analysing data as well as liaising with rights holders from the private sector.
In a statement Europol said: "Co-operation with private industry remains crucial and is key to monitoring and reporting IP-infringing websites to the concerned countries via Europol, to ultimately make the internet a safer place for consumers."
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