Reading the recently released Cisco Annual Security Report, I paused on page 50 where the author talks about bitsquatting. It seems this topic continues to ruminate in cybersecurity circles, recalling this paper from Black Hat in 2011. So we spent a few hours yesterday poking around to examine some registration patterns related to bitsquatting. A […]
If you follow any court decisions on domain name disputes, you probably know that a significant amount of domain name typosquatting still exists despite attempts to quell it.
Typosquatting occurs when someone registers domain names that are mistakenly close in spelling to an established brand name/domain name. Typosquatters receive traffic when someone mistypes a domain in their browser’s address bar — think domainetools.com instead of domaintools.com — and it can be an extremely profitable venture for them in some cases.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) regularly adjudicate and report on domain name disputes.. Many decisions simply result in the transfer of domain ownership, very little impact, financial or otherwise, is felt by the typosquatter in these instances. However, certain companies are becoming more active in their pursuit of individuals who are doing significant amounts of willful brand infringement in domains. You may have heard back in May that Facebook claimed victory in its case against typosquatters on 105 domains, with statutory damages of $2,795,000. We expect more similar pursuits and announcements, especially with the impending wild west of new gTLD launches later this year.
We caught on to some twitter buzz this morning that was initiated by Erik J. Heels of Boston, Massachusetts. He’s an IP lawyer (for trademark, UDRP, Patent) to start ups and he tweeted about DomainTools’ Domain Typo Finder – his tweet is being re-tweeted by a number of people:
Ask 100 folks to spell your company. Were they “wrong”? Your brand is what they say it is. Now register domain “typos.”http://goo.gl/9SrOc
It was a great reminder that we should blog about this useful tool that many may have not yet discovered! So, here are the details about this tool that we are offering for FREE for all users of the website for a limited time…