July 03, 2014
Lawfare, the Good Kind: Terror Victims Sue for Iranian Domain Names
This is an interesting way at getting back at them:
Victims of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks are using a new legal tactic to win justice, and fight back: seizing Iranian domain names through U.S. courts. The sixty victims, who are collectively owed $1.2 billion in damages by terror-sponsoring countries, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C. against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), seeking seizure of Iranian domain names as assets.I wish them the best of luck.
The victims' attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, is the founder of Shurat HaDin, an Israel-based organization that uses private legal action to retaliate against terror groups and their sponsors when western governments cannot or will not do so.
Darshan-Leitner told the New York Post this week: “This is the first time that terror victims have moved to seize the domain names, IPs and Internet licenses of terrorism-sponsoring states like Iran....The Iranians must be shown that there is a steep price to be paid for their sponsorship of terrorism. In business and legal terms it is quite simple--we are owed money, and these assets are currency worth money."