June 28, 2012
On June 28, 2012, PIR received a seizure warrant from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), issued by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The warrant was based on an affidavit by an agent of the FBI, and orders the seizure and civil forfeiture of the domain name: carders.org Pursuant to the instructions of the FBI, PIR transferred the registration to specified IP addresses. The .ORG domain now resolves to a web site established by the FBI with a message that it has been the subject of seizure. The legal authority for the seizure is two sections of the US Statutes, Criminal Code, that provide for seizure and forfeiture of property used in violation of the criminal provisions of copyright and trademark law.