One of our primary concerns with seizing and blocking entire domains to combat illegal content is the risk that doing so can impact much more than just the bad stuff, including protected lawful speech. Now it seems ICE may have proved our point. Torrentfreak reported that a seized domain (mooo.com, owned by dynamic DNS provider Free DNS) resulted in over 84,000 subdomains becoming unreachable through the DNS. Free DNS claims 84,857 hosts under the domain. Those sites include many personal websites that do not appear to be hosting any illegal content. (Four examples: here, here, here, and here).
ICE announced on Tuesday that it had seized ten domains of websites “engaged in the advertisement and distribution of child pornography.” The agency has not confirmed that mooo.com was among the domains it seized, but Free DNS did put up a statement that its mooo domain had been suspended “at the registrar level,” and this screenshot shows that today’s Bing cache still lists some sites as “Seized by ICE”:
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