Netizens looking to nab a pirated copy of the latest Kanye West album were greeted with a rude surprise this weekend on some of the web’s most popular file sharing sites.
Instead of easy access to copyrighted content, users found themselves staring down insignias from the Department of Homeland Security, which shut down several major file sharing portals.
“ICE office of Homeland Security Investigations executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names,” the office of Immigrations and Customes Enforecement (ICE) said in a written statement. “As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time.”
According to Read Write Web this crossover work is part of the DHS’s mandate to “break down siloing and integrate security efforts.” It’s unclear to The Observer how much overlap there is between file sharing and illegal immigration. But if preventing illegal access to the complete works of Justin Bieber saves just one child from souless teeny-bop fandom, it will all have been worthwhile.