You may have heard that Joel Osteen had his reputation put to the test with an elaborate hoax that was intended to discredit the religious leader.
Joel Osteen Hoax Involved Cypersquatting and should have been avoided
The hoax started with fake websites, articles and social media posts that included statements that Joel was going to resign as pastor of the 45 thousand-member Lakewood Church because he has been questioning his faith.
The fake articles went on making statements that Joel was questioning the bible and existence of God.
The man involved in the hoax said he was testing how quickly media markets would pick up on the fake story trying to make a point about the sensational media stream in our current society. He was also trying to get Joel Osteen’s attention who he feels is failing to use his talent of inspiration to make really meaningful change.
The main website in the hoax used in the hoax was JoelOstenMinistries.com which is a typo of Joel’s main website JoelOsteenMinistries.com.
By using cybersquatting to trick the media and public into believing that Joel Osteen was truly leaving his faith shows how easy it is to use cybersquatting as a malicious tool.
After using Typo Assassin to check Joel Osteen’s site I found 36 obvious typo domain squatters of joelosteen.com. That is a ton of sites not owned by Joel Osteen that could be used in similar type attacks. I am pretty sure Joel Osteen and company isn’t aware of all of the cybersquatting that is going on with their domains as most domain owners haven’t a clue.
Further more by using Typo Assassin anytime a typosquatter purchases a new typo of your domain a message is sent to the domain owner making them aware of the purchase.
This is serious stuff that can be easily avoided with simple tools such as the Typo Assassin membership. This isn’t the last time we are going to see cybersquatting cases like this there will be many more to come.
Let me know your thoughts on the Joel Osteen incident.