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    Re: UDRP Panelist Orders Microsoft, Sony Names Tra
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday February 12 2002, @09:24PM (#4866)
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    I'm game for something short and simple like aol-dell.com. Oh, too bad, it's already registered. But lookie here, it's up for auction on Afternic.com for a minimum bid of $15 (no offers so far). The seller has the username discountbin, but that's just an alias for Afternic owner and ICANN accredited registrar Register.com. There's another 200 or so names available exclusively through the same owner (registrar and owner) which include the string aol, some of which could come in handy for scooping up credit card numbers for nefarious purposes (an exploit that AOL has already been hit with on a number of occasions). EG's:

    aolbillcenter.com $15
    aolbillingdepartment.net $56
    aolbillingdepartment.org $30
    aolbillingdomain.com $30
    aol-billing-failure.com $56
    aolbillinginfo.com $30
    aol-billinginfo.com $56
    aol-billing-info.com $30
    aolbillingservice.com $30
    aol-billing-staff.com $56
    aolbillingsupport-usmembers.com $12
    aol-billing-update.com $30

    Most of these have been listed there for sale for months. Not one has received a bid. Seems America OnLine is even more braindamaged than the fraudsters/squatters, perhaps explaining its curious passive/aggressiveness in protecting its mark. Maybe one of the dozens of trademark holders of billing could come to their aid. -g

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    Fraudsters and Stupid Unnecessary Domain Names...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday February 13 2002, @04:09AM (#4868)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    As I said on one of my pages:


    The big companies argued in court that somebody else with a domain name that was similar to their trademark was confusing the public into thinking their site was affiliated with the trademark owner. While there was much truth to this, to a large extent the companies brought the situation on themselves by their own use of endless marketing variations of their name for the domain names of their sites. If they had used domain names rigorously in their original structure, using subdomains of their main corporate domain, then the public might have learned to understand the concept that, for instance, only domains that were within citibank.com belonged to Citibank. If a con artist were to try to use a site at CitibankAccounts.com to dupe consumers into providing personal info to a site not really associated with that bank, he wouldn't have nearly as much success in a world where Citibank didn't really use a whole heap of variant names itself, so it's plausible that they might be using that one too. Thus, corporations that are now complaining about the need to police their name and lots of variations of it in every top level domain, and who are opposing the introduction of new TLDs because of the increased trouble and expense this causes, are really the ones at fault.


    In other words, the only reason some scamster might succeed in persuading people that aolbilling.com is an actual official AOL site is because corporations like AOL make so much use of this sort of silly naming... if people were more used to proper subdomains like billing.aol.com, they'd be much less susceptible to scams like this.
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