Network Solutions, one of the most prominent Internet domain registrars, seized 708 domains linked to Syrian entities earlier this month, and marked them all “OFAC Holding.” Apparently, the action was taken by the company itself, and was not the result of an order from OFAC or the US Treasury Department.
The article at Ars Technica notes that the list of seized .com, .net and .org domains includes many that are controlled by the Syrian Computer Society, which regulates Syria's Internet and “is also believed to be connected to Syria's state security apparatus.” The list of seized domains also includes the Syrian Electronic Army, which is a government-supported hacker group.
This story reminds us that not all assets are financial – they are things of value. In this day and age, access to and control of information is as good as gold, to borrow a turn of phrase.
Categories: Syrian Sanctions