Popular Music Sites Raided By Homeland Security / ICE
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.
The site had been in operation since 2005 and the authorities were authorized to take evidence relating to all activities right back to April 1st of that year. “We only link to mixtapes, albums in the hiphop/rap genre,” a senior staff member told TorrentFreak this morning. “Lots of those mixtapes help new artists become much bigger for example Drake, Chamillionaire, Wiz Khalifa. It also gives the users to listen to an album before buying it to judge the quality. Almost 99% of the time if people on RGF liked the album and posted positive comments, that given artist had a big success.”
The Feds ain’t playing around because as of right now, OnSmash, DaJaz1.com & a couple more blogs appear to have been “shut down” as well. Happy Thanksgiving? Yeah right. There is talk the sites were hacked actually, we will have to wait and see how this plays out in the next few days.