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A large file-sharing link site dedicated to rap and hiphop music and news has been raided by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The servers of RapGodFathers, a site with close to 150,000 members, were seized and moves put in place to take over its domain name.

Following raids earlier in the year which took out several sites and domain names connected to the streaming of Hollywood movies, we can now report fresh Department of Homeland Security / Immigration and Customs Enforcement action against a site in the music sector.

Acting on a search warrant issued on 23rd November and signed by United States Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan, DHS and ICE agents arrived at a Dallas datacenter Tuesday with orders to take down the 146,500 member RapGodFathers site (RGF), seize its servers and gather evidence on its owners, administrators and moderators.

update: Domain Name Seizures Of Popular Rap File-Sharing Sites Potentially An Elaborate Hoax



  1. lil peezy (Reply) on Nov 25, 2010

    NMC is next.

  2. Scribe (Reply) on Nov 26, 2010

    Homeland Security? I thought this kind of thing was in the purview of the FBI. Are these sites considered terrorist havens?

  3. dreamcrusher (Reply) on Nov 26, 2010

    the Police State in full effect!

  4. Heather (Reply) on Nov 27, 2010

    I am not sure whether these measures will produce the desired effect since many of the servers can easily be re-located and the cat and mouse game can continue. But the fight against thefts in the digital age must carry on since all of us would be annoyed if the results of our work were stolen and posted somewhere for sharing.

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  6. Elun B. (Reply) on Nov 27, 2010

    What a con game! None of these are ICE seizures. They are all fake sites put up to mimic (and not very well) the real ICE seizures. What’s the clues? All of these sites are hosted at carohosting, including the google analytics and piwik analytics that the creator wanted to track how well his viral news article was. Official seized sites are no more than a single 640×480 JPG (with no visitor tracking). Not knowing anything about the original site content of these fakes, perhaps the site owners are trying to bilk their subscribers and blame it on the Feds. For the real seizures (and for the con artists, the real graphic), visit: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1006/100630losangeles.htm