Cyber-squatting on the increase

March 10, 2009

Commercial

Sources:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7929360.stm

To get a full copy of the report: http://www.markmonitor.com/cta/bji-review2008/?Lead_Source_Mktg=web

 

A report by MarkMonitor has identified that cyber-squatting (where someone registers a domain name belonging to someone else) has risen by 18% in 2008 to 1,722,133 incidents and it is now one of the most popular methods used by fraudsters. Perhaps worryingly, the report also adds that 80% of these sites that were in existence last year have not been removed.

 

Guess we’d better hope that Warner Brothers have no plans for Tweetie Pie to take a law degree, otherwise we’ll have to change the blog’s name!

 

(A funny example which illustrates how companies can use this technique of misspelling website names can be seen below by ComparetheMarket.com)

 

 

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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