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Domain Squatters Grab Marijuana URLs, Ahead of Prop 19 Vote

Marijuana enthusiasts have never exactly been known for their lightning-quick speed, but as Californians prepare to vote on a measure that would legalize the drug, many have been rushing to the Internet to secure themselves marijuana-related domain names. The logic behind the rush is pretty straightforward: legalized weed constituting a brand new kind of marijuana industry. And a new marijuana...

Politicians Buying Deceptive Domain Names to Battle Opponents

Considering how notoriously image-conscious they are, you'd think most high-level politicians would've secured their own online domain names a long time ago. A recent survey from the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA), however, finds that many lawmakers still aren't doing enough to protect their own names from online desecration. As the New York Times reports, only about half of all...

Jay Leno Wins Cybersquatting Case

When Guadalupe Zambrano registered his Web site in 2004, he probably thought he'd struck digital 'oil.' The Texas real-estate agent found a domain name that would attract thousands and thousands of users -- thejaylenoshow.com. Just one problem one problem: a certain large-chinned comedian now wants his name back, and it looks like he'll get it, too. According to Reuters, the World Intellectual...

Cybersquatting's Latest Incarnation: the Fake Facebook Profile

Remember the days when people would buy up a domain name like "pizza.com," hoping that a company would come along and pay a hefty sum for it? Well, the same tactic is being used on Facebook -- only with the site's public profiles being claimed and then sold to companies. According to Nick O'Neill at AllFacebook, Facebook users are following in the footsteps of cyber squatters, finding ways to...

Cybersquatters Snagging Web Addresses of Newly Merged Banks

Cybersquatters, people who buy up potentially valuable domain names in the hopes of making money off of them, are rubbing salt in the wounds of the collapsing banking and insurance industries. Web addresses for newly-merged (and possibly-soon-to-be-merged) banks are being bought up before many of the companies even know who is merging with whom. Barclayslehman.com, hsbclehman.com,...

U.K. Police Force Loses Web Site Site to Cybersquatter

For all its good, there are many bad things about the Internet; some dangerous, some merely irritating. One of those latter things is cybersquatting: the practice of snagging a Web site address in the hopes that someone else will buy it from you. An enterprising German cybersquatter has managed to pull this off on a U.K. police outfit, by snagging their former Web site. The only question now is...