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Typosquatters and fraudsters still exploiting antivirus brands, analysis finds

John E Dunn | Dec. 17, 2013
More than a decade after typosquatting became an Internet hazard, criminals and opportunists are still abusing mis-spelled domains on a scale that is leaving users and businesses out of pocket, consultancy High-Tech Bridge has found.

High-Tech Bridge's study offers only a tiny insight into the scale of the problem with a wide number of branded firms and trademarks being attacked by typosquatters. Major world events are also a popular target with the 2012 Olympic Games finding itself on the receiving end of a small tidal wave of bogus sites.

Very occasionally the law strikes back such as in the case of two Dutch firms fined by the UK premium rate regulator PhonepayPlus in 2012 for impersonating domains including Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia in order to deceive mobile users.

 

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