Major Hit Against Counterfeiting
A Europol-coordinated operation to take down websites offering counterfeit goods or involved in online piracy resulted in the takedown of 2526 websites, the disconnection of 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2294 television channels, and the shutdown of 15 online shops selling counterfeit products on social media sites. Furthermore, 127,365 counterfeit products worth €3.8 million were seized. They included clothes, watches, shoes, accessories, perfumes, electronics, and phone cases. The recurring operation “Operation in Our Sites”, which is supported by Eurojust and Interpol, targets, investigates, and seizes websites hosting a variety of illicit content. In this year's 13th execution of the operation "In Our Sites", which took place from 1 May to 14 November 2022, law enforcement agencies from 27 countries all over the world participated, including non-EU countries, such as Brazil, Colombia, the United Kingdom and the United States.