Early 2012 Mashable came out with an article about two typosquatted sites (wikapedia and twtter) that where shut down by Wikipedia and Twitter. Typosquatters still plague Twitter and Wikipedia and will continue to target big online brands until more action is taken to stop them for good.
The typosquatters (wikapedia and twtter) used filtered traffic from typo domains to trick users into thinking they were going to the sites Wikipedia.com and twitter.com. In reality the user was going to clones of Wikipedia.com or twitter.com that offered a prize to the user for taking an online survey. The typosquatter then earned an affiliate commission for each user that took the survey for the prize.
Twitter and Wikipedia were able to have both sites removed and the owners of the typo domains were fined over a hundred thousand dollars.
Typosquatters will Continue to Target Big Online Brands
However I ran a couple of queries using Typo Assassin and found that Wikipeida and Twitter both still had over a hundred domains each with typosquatters. Yes that’s a large number and I am pretty sure they are not aware of most of the typosquatters. Typosquatters still plague Twitter and Wikipedia and will probably continue to cause problems for them for a while.
It’s amazing how many typo domains are being used to filter traffic away from large companies like Twitter and Wikipedia.
Below are the first 23 domains that are being squatted from Twitter.
Below are the first 23 domains that are being squatted from Wikipedia.