PC World did a story today on typos, they went on to look at the problems that typos cause as they are still being used by scammers and other shady online websites.
They looked at at data from High Tech Bridge and how many typo domains were registered by people trying to pass themselves off as Anti Virus companies. Interestingly 107 domains were regged by the firms themselves to protect against phishing attempts.
From the article:
Typosquatting is one of the oldest Internet security problems and yet the average lifespan of a criminal domain turned out to be an astonishing 1181 days or more than three years. Squatted domains are being kept on a shorter leash, surviving only 431 days.
What, us worry?
The most popular registrars for these fake security firm domains were Fabulous.com (27 domains), GoDaddy (25), PDR Ltd (24), Enom (18) and Tucows (15); this put the U.S. out in front with 75 domains, ahead of Austraia with 24, Switzerland with 19, Germany with 16 and the U.K. with only eight.
Read the full story here