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.

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."

I wish them the best of luck.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:33 PM | Comments |