Originally Posted by rds100
GetInTroubleHost.com ? What's the purpose of all this "offshore" nonsense - to get away with breaking the local laws?
When people say "Offshore" some are quick to assume that it's for hosting illegal files. The majority of "Offshore" hosts are for this purpose, but some like us have a different reason.
For hosts like us, the purpose of having servers "Offshore" is to create a professional highly secured host that does not allow the US goverment's preying eyes. To sum up what I will write next, it's very risky for any business to now host in US datacenters because of a new trend of the US Government to overstep their authority and shut down entire datacenters because of a single law breaking client.
There are several cases where this happened, you need to only google this to see them all, but one of them happened last year when the FBI had gotten a judge to allow them to shut down a single client of a large US datacenter, they went in, and shut down the whole datacenter and seized all of the servers, even those of law-abiding companies. The F.B.I. raided a data center, causing known online brands, including Pinboard, a Phone company, and those in the Curbed network to go offline and lose their files. Read more about it here: http://gizmodo.com/5814238/fbi-raids...-sites-offline
Another datacenter in West Virginia was completely shut down due to the FBI going after one client. http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/201...offline-30081/
Don't think this can't happen at your US based datacenter, because it can.
Another datacenter in NYC suffered the same fate: http://citizenlab.org/2012/04/fbi-se...c-data-center/
Everyone I hope knows how MegaUpload.com, a file sharing site, was shut down by the US Government, even though they were incorporated outside they US. But they still used some US servers, and this put them in trouble: http://techfleece.com/2012/01/20/meg...n-by-the-feds/
ICE (immigrations and customs enforcement) of the Department of Homeland Security appears to have changed tactics and is taking ownership of domain names. You can read more about it here: http://www.dotweekly.com/ice-seizes-...hanged-on-one/
You know about the US seizing the ".com" domains fo the top 3 Poker sites, even though two of those sites were incoporated and operating outside the US. Now they've seized 82 more domains for much less reasons: http://www.inquisitr.com/104234/neve...es-82-domains/
The scary thing about US Government over-reach is that you have reason to be concerned about your domain, site, or business being taken down even if you don't have questionable content on your site. When your competitors learn how easy it is to make the US legal system work against your site, they may take advantage of it. This is especially true if they have more money for their legal department than you. If you choose to defend your website, you may win, but the legal process to defend may cost you more money then you would have made form your site anyway. That's why so many site owners just give up and and take their site down when they receive a DMCA or Cease & Desist letter or don't show up in court. Competitors can challenge your domain under the US system by sending you a C&D letter accusing your domain of infringing on their trademark which can end up in an expensive court-like process called the UDRP http://www.icann.org/en/udrp/
. That's why it may save you money in the end to avoid US companies all-together in the hosting of your domain, site, and business.