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Web Stalkers
Chapter 6 -
Cyber Theft

Deceptive Domain Names: Real World Case -

This case involves the creation of deceptive domain names, geared to divert web traffic from legitimate websites.

In what may be the largest award yet under the ACPA, a federal judge in Pennsylvania found John Zuccarini guilty of cybersquatting and ordered him to pay $500,000 to Electronics Boutique for registering five domain names that were similar to the retailer's trademarks of and  Zuccarini had registered the domain names,,, and  The court subsequently ruled that these deceptive URL’s constituted cybersquatting.

The purpose of these deceptive domains comes into full effect when web users accidentally miss-type a domain name.

"Mr. Zuccarini's bad-faith intent to profit from the domain misspellings is abundantly clear," the court wrote.  "Also, Mr. Zuccarini has no bona fide business purpose for registering the domain misspellings, as he does not and has not offered any goods or services that relate to [Electronics Boutique] or electronic products."

Cybersquatters will change the title, keyword and description tags on web pages to include trademarked phrases in order to take web traffic from a legitimate website. 

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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