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Typo-Squatting Domains

Sun, 19 Sep 2005 16:56:00 EST

Typo-squatters register domain names that differentiate from the actual more popular domain by only a letter or two, in effect bleeding off any excess traffic from individuals who mistype the actual site's url. WIPO has stepped-in in two such cases, but only because Domain had been registered "in bad faith."

Typo-squatters register domain names that differentiate from the actual more popular domain by only a letter or two, in effect bleeding off any excess traffic from individuals who mistype the actual site's url. WIPO has stepped-in in two such cases, but only because Domain had been registered "in bad faith."

"In total, around 150 typo-laden domain names have been registered by an organisation based in Panama called Unasi Inc which appears to have systematically gone through an A to Z of security companies. All the domains are redirected to a page which appears to host sponsored links for security products.

According to Mikko Hypponen, CTO of F-Secure, who noticed late last week that Unasi had registered several variations on his own company's domain, the site which traffic is directed towards contains nothing more malicious than the underhand attempt to hijack genuine traffic to security websites and some annoying pop-up advertising."

Read more... at silicon.com

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