Analysis of U.S. Pirate Site Domain Seizures During FIFA World Cup 2022
After the FIFA World Cup 2022 got underway early this month, United States law enforcement agencies began seizing live sports streaming domains at an unusually fast rate. Pirate site domain seizures of this type are relatively uncommon, especially against so many targets all at once. Did something make these domains especially vulnerable or are seizures like this the new reality?
After gathering data and in the absence of announcements by U.S. law enforcement agencies, on December 10 TorrentFreak reported on a wave of domain seizures.
Many of the affected sites displayed a banner indicating the involvement of three government agencies – IPR Center, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Department of Justice.
Data clearly showed that the domains were all connected to illicit live sports streaming, but it took another three days for that to be officially confirmed.
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