Google Wins 'Typosquatting' Dispute

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Google Wins 'Typosquatting' Dispute
    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP

    SAN FRANCISCO (July 8) - An Internet arbitrator has awarded Google Inc. the rights to several Web site addresses that relied on typographical errors to exploit the online search engine's popularity so computer viruses and other malicious software could be unleashed on unsuspecting visitors.

    The National Arbitration Forum, a legal alternate to litigating in court, sided with a Google complaint alleging that Sergey Gridasov of St. Petersburg, Russia, had engaged in "typosquatting" by operating Web sites named googkle.com, ghoogle.com and gooigle.com.

    After former Stanford University graduate students incorporated the search engine in September 1998, Google registered its domain name a year later. Gridasov registered his Web sites in December 2000 and January 2001, according to Google's complaint.

    In a decision made earlier this week, arbitrator Paul A. Dorf, endorsed Google's contention that the misspelled addresses were part of a sinister plot to infect computers with programs - known as "malware" - that can lead to recurring system crashes, wipe out valuable data or provide a window into highly sensitive information.

    Gridasov didn't respond to Google's complaint, filed May 11, meaning the arbitrator could accept all reasonable allegations as true.

    The Associated Press sent an e-mail Friday to the address that Gridasov listed when he registered his Web sites. The response, which wasn't signed by Gridasov, acknowledged the misspelled names were adopted to attract more visitors, but said there hadn't been any complaints until the sites began posting code from another company, which assured it wouldn't cause any trouble.

    F-Secure, a Finnish company specializing in identifying malware, identified googkle.com as a troublemaker in an advisory posted April 26 - nearly three weeks before Mountain View-based Google filed its complaint.

    Trying to piggyback on the popularity of a heavily trafficked Web site isn't new. For instance, the address Whitehouse.com used to display ads for pornography was a surprise for Web surfers looking for Whitehouse.gov, the president's official online channel. Whitehouse.com now operates as a private Web site that sells access to public records.

    Google's brand ranks among the most trusted on the Internet and its Web site attracts more than 66 million unique monthly visitors, making it an inviting target for scheming opportunists.
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I tried typing gogle.com and gooogle.com just to see where they went. They both go to the real google, so google must own a few variations of its own. But googul.com is a separate domain.
     
  3. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    Now macrumors needs to take on whoever's got macrumours.com registered! heh.

    seriously I've never miss-typed google.com, but I have miss-typed some other domains and ended up in some rather shady sites... :mad:
     
  4. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    I know that google owns a few of its own typoed domains. I think that it is great that they are cracking down on these people, whose sole reason for owning the domain is because people make typo. Kinda like the iTunes domain sqautter a few months back...
     
  5. Freg3000 macrumors 68000

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    I'll admit when I am away from Safari and need to use *shudder* IE on a PC I've typed http://www.gogole.com/.

    It works. :D
     
  6. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    With Google you can type up to 5 'O's and it will redirect you to the normal google.
     
  7. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    I just tried 4 and it didn't work
     
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  9. mj_1903 macrumors 6502a

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    Fair enough really, it has happened before with others (Yahoo!) and it was being detrimental to Google's otherwise spotless image.
     
  10. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    I remembered an article about it on Slashdot... They recieved a Cease and Desist in January, last year. But since It's still online, it seems Google backed off.
    I think maybe the logo is changed. I might have to examine a bit closer :D ;)


    Slashdot article
     
  11. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Oh no! What happened to elgoog.com? It did backwards (right-to-left) google searches. It seems to be gone. :(
     
  12. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Here is a link to elgooG, just for you Q...
     
  13. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    http://elgoog.rb-hosting.de/index.cgi

    My head hurts after trying to read the tuobA page
     
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

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    !uoy knahT
     
  15. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    !emoclew ruoY

    Whilst we are on the subjet of Google, my friend just showed me Gizoogle. Click on the spinner[​IMG]... :rolleyes:
     
  16. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    I think we gots sum-m sum-m here

    And in brotha news:

     

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