DOJ conducts massive anti-piracy operation

— 4:03 PM on April 22, 2004

The US Department of Justice has announced what it's billing as the largest global enforcement action against online piracy.

Operation Fastlink is the culmination of four separate undercover investigations simultaneously being conducted by the FBI, coordinated by the FBI Cyber Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice, coordinated by the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division. As a result of Fastlink, over 120 total searches have been executed in the past 24 hours in 27 states and in 10 foreign countries. Foreign searches were conducted in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden as well as Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Operation Fastlink is the largest multi-national law enforcement effort ever directed at online piracy.
The operation has apparently resulted in the seizure of more than 200 computers, including 30 servers that had functioned as storage and distribution hubs. The investigation also identified almost 100 individuals, though it's unclear whether any have been arrested or charged.
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