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Microsoft 'URL Tracer' Hunts Typosquatters

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the i-always-kinda-find-it-flattering dept.

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TonioSop writes "Microsoft Research has released a new tool to help pinpoint large-scale typosquatters that are known to be gaming pay-per-click domain parking services. The lightweight prototype, called Strider URL Tracer, builds on the work within Microsoft's Cybersecurity and Systems Management group to keep tabs on a sophisticated typosquatting scheme that uses multilayer URL redirection to make money from Google's AdSense for domains program. "

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124 comments

Dupe (5, Funny)

liliafan (454080) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087080)

Geez editors this is a dupe I was reading this same article at slashdt.org [slashdt.org] earlier *sigh* :)

Re:Dupe (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087251)

Personally, I miss the Lum pic at salshdot.org.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087341)

DAMN YOU! Taking the funny line before me. But I read it on Drdgreprt.com earlier anyhow...

Re:Dupe (5, Interesting)

onebecoming (965642) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087563)

Here's my favorite misspelling: slsahdot.org [slsahdot.org]

Let's see what the stats look like today.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087656)

Looks like it's been slsahdotted.

Re:Dupe (1)

MacJedi (173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088221)

Hmm, he has an odd way of doing the plots. It's a daily cumulative typo function. Plotting a rate (typos per hour, typos per minute) makes more intuititive sense to me.

Re:Dupe (-1, Troll)

ovit (246181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087712)

You probably just made a ton of money for that guy...

In fact, you may be that guy!

so in that spirit:

http://www.agferraris.com/ [agferraris.com]

      td

Re:Dupe (1)

liliafan (454080) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087764)

I am not that guy, although I wish I was I could use the money right now :)

Re:Dupe (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15088033)

unfortunately that URL has been slashdtted

Yay? (4, Insightful)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087084)

But would MS really like it being used to help fix Google's troubles?

Re:Yay? (5, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087165)

Well, this is from Microsoft Research, which is reminiscent of what Bell Labs used to be like. Anyhow, it helps google, but it also throws egg on their face... like when 3rd parties release IE bug fixes before MS does.

Re:Yay? (2, Interesting)

sjwest (948274) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087277)

"Stealing Brand Traffic" ? - thats on page 2 of the article if you have not read it - Good heavens you better send these 'terrorists' to Cuba at the same time.

While I cannot spell shakespears-globe.org and always end up at some typosquatter i feel this is my fault not a trademark 'ip theft' - or put another way amzon should have registered that too along with amazon

Looks like standard ms 'fud' here. - Im still blaming my english teachers and 1960's teaching methods. - if these guys had there way billgatesisgay.com would link to microsoft.com - to stop 'theft' or censor the internet. but i dont trust microsoft.

Re:Yay? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087353)

Amazingly enough, billgatesisgay.com isn't taken yet.

Re:Yay? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087758)

This is *not* helping Google. In fact since Google has their Adsense for domains [google.com] program, they benefit directly from typosquatters. Google is known not to suspend serving ads on these domains even when trademarks are violated. (but try having a site with "google" in the domain!)

Google the search engine may be fighting spam, but their Adsense department is encouraging it.

Re:Yay? (3, Interesting)

SpaceCadetTrav (641261) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087912)

Google owns oingo.com, one of the largest "parked domain" companies out there.

Great news. (2, Funny)

gregarican (694358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087088)

Now I have a new buzzword to gratuitously throw out there...typosquatting. Sweet.

Re:Great news. (1)

EggyToast (858951) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087124)

I don't know if it's that new. Cybersquatting's been a term for quite a while, and this is just a type of cybersquatting that's based on typos. Which has also been around for quite a long time; basically as long as people have realized that with web ads, more traffic = more money.

Re:Great news. (2, Funny)

gregarican (694358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087153)

I have been caught red handed, cybersquatting on the information superhighway. I should be e-rrested immediately.

Re:Great news. (1)

2names (531755) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087243)

Shouldn't that be "E-mmediately?"

Re:Great news. (1)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087411)

Another evildoer bites the dust!

Re:Great news. (2, Insightful)

arivanov (12034) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087580)

There are people who are using specialised software for this and it is a well developed industry.

For example:

Most UK Nildram customers with a static IP have a hostname in the form username.gotadsl.co.uk. Nildram has minimal restrictions on services which you can run (only SMTP is subject to relay check, everything else is fare game). It is also an old business ISP so most people on static IPs are actually running something on these addresses.

So as a result some enterprising individual is running a dedicated typosquatting service. In fact it has been running it for quite a while.

If you query any address in the domain goatadsl.co.uk you will always get the following answer:

$dig arivanov.goatadsl.co.uk
arivanov.goatadsl.co.uk. 86400 IN A 217.160.182.197

Similarly,
$dig aivanov.goatadsl.co.uk
aivanov.goatadsl.co.uk. 86400 IN A 217.160.182.197

And
$dig utterbollocks.goatadsl.co.uk
utterbollocks.goatadsl.co.uk. 86400 IN A 217.160.182.197

I have not tried what is on that IP, but it is a classic typosquatting on an industrial scale. It has been there for at least a year now, possibly longer.

This is just an example off the top of my head. I bet that there are plenty others out there.

Re:Great news. (4, Funny)

CanSpice (300894) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087854)

Actually, goatadsl.co.uk is a legitimate ISP. I would have gone with them but their download rates are only 1.5 megableats per second.

Re:Great news. (1)

thedletterman (926787) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087982)

Actually that is a legitimate use of a * recursive record under a legitimate domain. Try a domain like www.expedai.com, a blatant typo of expedia.com and notice how you get redirected to airlineticket.com. Now if airlineticket.com was making money off google ads, then that would be a clear example of 'typosquatting' to collect worthless ad revenue.

I just never type any domain starting with goat... (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088338)

I guess my fingers are just habituated, but I have learned NEVER to type ANY domain name starting with the letters "goat....."

Re:Great news. (4, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087247)

Typosquatting sounds like it was coined by the grammar nazis. Observe its use in such a sentence:

After Tad posted that illiterate post on Slashdot, the grammar nazis typosquatted down and took a big dump all over it.

Re:Great news. (1)

gregarican (694358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087305)

Maybe motivational speaker Matt Foley should let them have it and stress to them that if they keep up the typo/cyberquatting they will find out later on in life they won't amount to... JACK SQUAT!!

Re:Great news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087680)

I think it's too late for the cybersquatters running their sites out of a van down by the river.

Re:Great news. (1)

kaizenfury7 (322351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087347)

What's up with people's aversion to buzzwords? Without these new words, we'd still be driving 'iron-horses-that-don't-shit' and wanking it to 'talking-pictures-of-people-having-sex'.

Re:Great news. (1)

gregarican (694358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087370)

There's a difference between a descriptive noun/acronym and a buzzword [reference.com] . Maybe you should try to leverage the robustness of your vocabulary by purchasing a reference guide from a click and mortar e-commerce site.

Re:Great news. (1)

kaizenfury7 (322351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088121)

Look behind you... I think the point just flew over your head. The parent is categorizing 'typosquatting' as a buzzword, but is it really? There is no adequate term to describe the situation with brevity. It defines squatting on misspelled domain names. What would the poster rather have the article use to describe the phenomenon, 'squatting-on-misspelled-domain-names'? Maybe you should leverage your idiocy/elitism by commenting on digg.
The lightweight prototype, called Strider URL Tracer, builds on the work within Microsoft's Cybersecurity and Systems Management group to keep tabs on a sophisticated squatting-on-domain-names scheme that uses multilayer URL redirection to make money from Google's AdSense for domains program.

Re:Great news. (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088536)

squatting-on-domain-names scheme

I think you mean a squatting-on-domain-names-by-making-use-of-typogra phical-user-errors scheme.

Though it occurs to me that German speakers might actually construct the term that way, only they'd leave out the hyphens and tack on the word scheme as well.

(Incidentally, it looks like /. is inserting a space in the middle of "typographical." Under the circumstances, that seems oddly appropriate.)

Re:Great news. (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088550)

To sum up: Buzzwords are often jargon, but not all jargon terms are buzzwords.

Re:Great news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087829)

Agreed. Buzzwords are great. They help to:

- optimize seamless communities
- generate vertical e-services
- leverage synergistic convergence

and, best of all,

- engage e-business content

As you can see, people should use buzzwords whenever possible.

Re:Great news. (1)

farmkid (15226) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087942)

> As you can see, people should use buzzwords whenever possible.

Correction:

As you can see, people should powerpoint their buzzwords whenever possible.

Re:Great news. (1)

tsaler (569835) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088397)

If only we could find a way to typosquat using Ruby on Rails and AJAX, then we would be able to develop a legitimate Web 2.0 application.

Re-inventing the whell (0, Troll)

ePhil_One (634771) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087089)

At my old company we used to keep an eye on these guys. If they looked externally they could solve this problem for a fraction of what this program will cost...

Re:Re-inventing the whell (1)

jbf (30261) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087526)

Given that most of MSR's stuff is free, I wonder how they could solve it for a "fraction of the price." Perhaps you mean "there are other free solutions"?

Re:Re-inventing the whell (1)

chrisbtoo (41029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087617)

Perhaps you mean "there are other free solutions"?

Perhaps he means "researchers don't come for free".

Introducing: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087103)

The new Slashdot dupe detector!

IE 7.0 (0)

TedTschopp (244839) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087120)

How much you want to bet this is folded into IE7 with their Anti-phishing "technology".

Re:IE 7.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087417)

Yeah. I can see it already.

Address: www.whitehouse.gov

Message Box:
You typed www.whitehouse.gov. Aren't you sure you meant www.whitehouse.com?
Click Yes to be directed to www.whitehouse.com or No to enter the URL again.

Typosquatter gone Extinct (5, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087131)

And here we have the Typosquatter, a theropod dinosaur, roughly between the early punchcards and their ultimate culmination in the Domain-Squatting dinosaurs. It lived between 1 to 13 years ago, in the Windows Ages.
Of the early Internet period, though one unknown species is from the very late Typewriter period. The various Typosquatter species are bulky omnivores, ranging from approximately 2 to 3 metres (5-8 feet) in height, and averaging about 235 pounds in weight.
Its most distinctive feature was the uncanny ability to take on the likeness of other domains, likely used for trapping its fumbling prey and for phishing scams. It was recently hunted to extinction by Tyrannus Microsoftus using its most effective method of capture, the 'URL Tracer.'

Re:Typosquatter gone Extinct (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087992)

2 to 3 metres? They must have utilised some rather massive sitting appliances to raise their posture to such menacing heights.

I'm guessing it is the very mass of these sitting appliances that will save them from being hurled into extinction.

As an added bonus... (3, Funny)

blincoln (592401) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087146)

...if there are more than 1000 participants, Microsoft will pay them each $1000 [snopes.com] .

Re:As an added bonus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087334)

OK. How did this get modded "Informative"?

Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (2, Informative)

fak3r (917687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087167)

Squatting on domains is one thing, but having them resolve to some default "search" page is just bs - the fact that some of those screens show disneychanel.com mis-spelled going to porn sites makes me sick - kids are going to be misspelling (!) that...fuckers. Then, here's a site that allows you to "park" yr domain to make money on people misspelling (!) URLS:

"Sedo's new Domain Parking Program lets you earn money from your domain names without needing to develop your own site. Even better, Sedo's statistics show that domains parked with Sedo are 5 times more likely to be sold!"

http://sedoparking.com/ [sedoparking.com]

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (4, Insightful)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087509)

Google AdSense for domains [google.com]

If Google does it, it obviously isn't an evil act.

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (0)

x2A (858210) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087549)

I tried it, I went to www.kernel.org to download latest kernel tarball, and it popped up "URL Tracer has detected a typo, and has redirected you to the site you meant, www.microsoft.com", damn.

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088569)

Well, I went to www.kernels.org to get the latest, and found that I could get a great deal on popcorn machines, bitter apricot kernels and home cinema?!?!?

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (2, Insightful)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087608)

But of course, having incorrectly-typed URLs that don't go ANYWHERE automatically resolve to MSN Search is just fine and not opportunistic at all, right? And the fact that shutting down these "typo-squatters" will thereby create more opportunities for people to end up at MSN Search is just a happy coincidence, no?

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088045)

But of course, having incorrectly-typed URLs that don't go ANYWHERE automatically resolve to MSN Search is just fine and not opportunistic at all, right?

Yes it's fine. And I'll tell you why it's fine, it's because the browser is the user's choice (yes, I know, monopoly abuse, but if they weren't punished adequately for that it's your DoJ's fault). If they don't like that feature, they can use something else. That's a choice I don't get with typosquatters.

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (1)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088408)

Sure. You have a choice. But you're a fool if you think MS is doing this as a public service. Just because you hate urban sprawl doesn't mean you applaud the bulldozer knocking down Burger Kings that's being driven by Ronald McDonald.

Re:Sleezy - glad someone is looking into it (1)

multisync (218450) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088413)

As Mr. Pink said, "I got two words for that: learn to fuckin' type"

And then... (1)

DaedalusLogic (449896) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087171)

The lightweight prototype, called Strider URL Tracer, builds on the work within Microsoft's Cybersecurity and Systems Management group to keep tabs on a sophisticated typosquatting scheme that uses multilayer URL redirection to make money from Google's AdSense for domains program.

And then... Build a spider that hits every single one of those URLs driving Hoodia merchants into debt.

That... would actually be pretty cool.

Help me understand how this helps me? (3, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087181)

The article sure made a big to-do about how typosquatters target kids, implying that the Bad Guys want to get 11-year-olds to steal their parents' credit cards so that they can visit neopetsporn.com or something.

So, what, I'm supposed to install this on my PC instead of teaching my kids how to hit the "esc" key and then hit "back"? As a parent, I've always figured it was *my* job, not Bill's, to teach my kids to surf safely. Heck, I even gave the rest of my family detailed instructions [magicnumbers.org] on how to respond if they accidentally visited the porn squatter at the dot-com next door to my family's domain name.

Of course, I guess if you're using Internet Explorer, you probably need some sort of blocker for the sites that send you to Popup Hell or otherwise highjack your browser. Strange how I never have this problem myself (coughcough [opera.com] cough).

Re:Help me understand how this helps me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087258)

Wait ... if little Justin mistypes and ends up looking at a picture of naked girls, he's supposed to "GET YOUR PARENTS now". One question: Is he gay?

Curiosity and the child (2, Insightful)

SlyW (966913) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087397)

A child's curiosity will always trump the laid down law. Unless of course you beat them on a regular basis.

According to TFA:
The Typo-Patrol scanner built into the tool currently consists of a network of 17 machines, each running a daemon process that monitors its own input-request queue residing in a folder on a central management machine. According to Wang, when a list of typo-domains is dropped into the queue, the daemon fetches the list and launches virtual machines to visit each domain.
The daemon copies all recorded data to the host machine, including information on all secondary URLs visited, the content of all HTTP requests and responses, and optionally a screen shot. Upon completing the scan of the entire list, the daemon copies all data to its output folder on the central management machine, Wang said.
Recorded data in the output folder is inserted into a typo-domain database for data queries and analysis.
Doesn't sound like a tool for general release.

More to the point, with enough information and the proper lobbying we can probably expect to see some legislation addressing this. If not legislation, then at least some lawsuits.

I think this will lead to a crackdown on the #!@#%...ahem...typosquatters and some good(?) PR for M$.

Re:Help me understand how this helps me? (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087427)

Good instructions, they make a lot of sence; and I'll be printing a couple of copies off for my young cousins and their parents. However I see you finally got hold of the .com address (yes, as soon as you wrote that no adult with half a brain would visit, I typed it into Firefox's address bar)

Opera... (2, Informative)

turtleAJ (910000) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087461)

THANK YOU!!!

A person that also uses Opera!

This is a GREAT piece of software... Kudos to the Opera team... and I suggest to fellow /.ers... to try out Opera... just try it out... INMO, it kicks FireFox's ass ANY day.

Thanks.

Re:Opera... (1)

hclyff (925743) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088010)

Informative?

Here, here. (1)

sketchman (964604) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087707)

Opera rocks! Down with stinky putrid IE.

Re:Help me understand how this helps me? (1)

cogg (864885) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087935)

Nice set of instructions.
Don't hit the power, just press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and select the "Shut Down" option. This assumes you are running Windows -- I don't know how to do this on a Mac.
To force quit on a mac (well, at least os x), press
*the key with the apple
**also labelled alt

What I meant to say was.... (1)

cogg (864885) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087973)

Damned slashcode mangled my post.

Nice set of instructions.
Don't hit the power, just press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and select the "Shut Down" option. This assumes you are running Windows -- I don't know how to do this on a Mac.
To force quit on a mac (well, at least os x), press [command*][option**]{power button]
*the key with the apple
**also labelled alt
Apologies to those who feel this is off topic.
/me hits preview button

Re:What I meant to say was.... (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088256)

So apple-option-power is the Mac equivalent of ctl-alt-del? I'll have to remember that.

I wasn't too terribly worried, though... while some browser exploits are cross-platform, I figured the Mac-based browsers were at least as hijack-proof as Opera. The chances of needing to do a reboot would be pretty slim. Besides, my target audience consisted of my parents, and they don't own a Mac.

Re:What I meant to say was.... (1)

cogg (864885) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088415)

Roughly speaking it is, but with a bit more 'grunt' behind it - it shuts the whole system down, quickly.
I've had to use it exactly zero times myself, as whatever scheduling alg os x uses (don't know, and haven't found out) will let other processes run with some sort of normality, even when one (eg. Safari is tanking), so it's not too difficult to fire up the activity monitor (/applications/utilities) and kill offending processes from there.
In saying that it's a lot easier to remember the key combo than the method of shutting down an app using a.m. so new-comers get told about the nuclear option until they're more comfortable with hand-hand combat (where's BadAnalogyGuy when he's needed), as this cuts down on the number of phone calls I get.
WARNING: unsaved work is lost! - but you probably guessed that...
I really should have put this info in the first post - hope this adds some detail to the picture.

WRT Safari et al.: Yeah, it's damn robust, although not as customisable (I think) as Opera. On balance I prefer Opera (mostly because of the Quick prefs and text only mode).

Re:What I meant to say was.... (1)

Rob_Warwick (789939) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088462)

"Command - Option - Esc" actually.

Next story: New Line (0)

Tavor (845700) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087201)

Next Story: New Line Cinema sues Microsoft for copyright infringment, related to the 'Strider URL Tracer'. /grin

Re:Next story: New Line (1)

miller701 (525024) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087719)

Will it be known as Aragorn when it comes out of beta?

Is it illegal? (2, Interesting)

Camel Pilot (78781) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087220)

So once you catch one of these typosquatters what do you do with them. Is it illegal ?

Re:Is it illegal? (1)

SoulRider (148285) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087595)

No, you say "Dont do it again, or I will tell to not do it again, again"

Re:Is it illegal? (1)

caffeination (947825) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087922)

If you've trademarked it, or just trademarked *.com, then I reckon it's got to be similar to the case of Mike Rowe Soft [theregister.co.uk] , which Microsoft rightly lost. But the two situations aren't equal, so who knows? Lawyer! Lawyer knows! Cue lawyer! Now!

Re:Is it illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15088153)

>
> So once you catch one of these typosquatters what
> do you do with them. Is it illegal ?
>

ICANN and most registrars say you must register domain names in good faith.

If your domain name is "typosquatted", send a mail to the owner to ask him to abandon the domain name (or transfer it to you, if you have the money to pay for another domain name -very obviously, do not pay anything to the current owner... who you'll have to pay is your own registrar to get the transfered domain name).

If he refuses, send a mail to its registrar.

If the registrar doesn't care, go here: http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp.htm [icann.org] and be ready for some paperwork...

Re:Is it illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15088202)

... add to this that if the "typosquatter" uses a faked name and/or address, the registrar have to contact the owner to ask him to correct the informations... if he does not, the domain name will be destroyed... (if the registrar does not care, contact ICANN, as it is a breach of their contract with them).

(Damn wait time)

Another example (2, Informative)

fak3r (917687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087223)

If you have a domain you can also 'park' it here to earn revenue..

http://www.fabulous.com/ [fabulous.com]

If you don't have one they'll sell you one and have it earn revenue. Are these the sites that just pollute the hell outta search engines so when you search for "mp3 downloads" you get 100s of these results? Is this how they generate revenue?

Plus a URL that I want is hosted there, I thought it might be there's but I suspect it's just someone who bought it through them and is hosting it there !?!? Thanks jacka55e5

Re:Another example (1)

fak3r (917687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087566)

ah, and I checked, I can get the following URLS there:

squattingwebsite.com domain name available
squattingwebsite.net domain name available
squattingwebsite.org domain name available

So, what's the profit angle? (1)

itsNothing (761293) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087233)

If M$ is doing this, although the report talks about how it detects "gaming" of pay-per-click behavior, is this a way to determine how to corrupt the monitoring that Google is doing and thus cast doubt upon their revenue model?

Nahhhh. What was i thinking?

I suppose... (0)

Skiron (735617) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087260)

...when this all goes tits up (as most MS stuff does) we will have BSOG - Blue Screen Of Google.

Google Adsense (1)

mOOzilla (962027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087288)

Don't google have terms and conditions for serving adverts? I guess they would make money from them also so conflict of interest perhaps?

idea.. (1)

DoctorDyna (828525) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087323)

Maybe some of the people who create viruses designed to attack average users should instead write the viruses designed to attack more annoying net presences...

Stop DDOS-ing root name servers and start DDOS-ing some of these shyte sites.

Thanks for dupes! (0, Offtopic)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087330)

If it weren't for dupes, some of us wouldn't see everything. A few of us work for a living, you insensitive clods!

--

But this is toadilly failed because:

1) Microsoft is evil, through and through
2) Apple innovated this in 1956 and it was more lickable
3) Gentoo's version runs .005ms faster and only requires a week to compile
4) This is the final straw that killed BSD
5) Sun Microsystems was just looking for the latest thing to flip-flop about
6) I have to pee
7) News for Turds, Stuff that Splatters

right? right? am eye riiiight?

Re:Thanks for dupes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087448)

Would number 7 be a tagline for "Splashdot"?

Re:Thanks for dupes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15087463)

But this is toadilly failed because:
right? right? am eye riiiight?

wee agree with ewe frognanimously.

Fiz

Microsoft invent a spider (0)

mOOzilla (962027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087447)

but what makes it cool is it was made in a place with "Research" in its title! Headline news.

I wonder - is this a good day for neoppets? (2, Funny)

kimvette (919543) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087542)

re: One such misspelling, neoppets.com, is currently serving ads promising naked photos of Britney Spears or other adult images.

Let me guess: /. pointed to that article resulted in neoppets' daily revenue increasing by several orders of magnitude today?

I can see it now: a million slashdotters thinking "Oooh, naked pics of Britney. I gotta see it!"

You went there. Admit it. You know you did.

no morals (1)

goldfita (953969) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087558)

Well I guess I wouldn't expect pornographer-typo-domain-squatters to have a lot of morals. But are 8 year olds really interested in naked photos? And would a 13 year old be looking at neopets? I suppose it must be working, or they wouldn't do it. That's a shame.

Jab at Google (3, Interesting)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087579)

Google's DomainPark (http://www.google.com/domainpark/ [google.com] ) which is what typo-squatters use is a source of a large chunk of Google revenue. This could be the beginning of Microsoft's stab at Google's soft (and sleazy) underbelly.

Wow (3, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087873)

AdSense for domains allows domain name registrars and large domain name holders to unlock the value in their parked page inventory. AdSense for domains delivers targeted, conceptually related keywords and advertisements to parked domain name pages by using Google's semantic technology to "understand" the meaning of each domain name. Powering over 3 million domain names, AdSense for domains is the industry's leading parked page service.
From the FAQ [google.com]
5. What is the minimum amount of traffic I need to sign up for a AdSense for domains account?

Your network of sites should generate 750,000 page views per month to be eligible for the AdSense for domains service.

I didn't know Google was into the same dodgy business.
I guess that means it isn't evil...

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15088425)

More proof that google might be up to a 'lil bit of evil -

Google the phrase "cloaking". You'll see a lot of AdWords ads. Now check out the AdSense TOS [google.com] : "Do not employ cloaking or sneaky redirects."

They're perfectly happy making money off cloaking ads, just don't use it on your site!

Talk about yer typos (3, Funny)

chrisbtoo (41029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087633)

FTFA:

He said the group [...] found more then 7,000 typo-domains.


Priceless.

Erm... (1)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 8 years ago | (#15087755)

Google is profiting [appliedsemantics.com] from this. Systematically. It's called DomainPark.

helful hints (0)

kharchenko (303729) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088108)

Oh, I can see it now...
www.mozilla.org .. *clippy appears* ... "I think you meant www.microsoft.com, redirecting" :)

One typosquatter just made $242,000 (1)

miller60 (554835) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088130)

Maybe all that technology will be able detect the traffic going to mortage.com, which just sold for $242,000 [dnjournal.com] . Yep. So many people miss the "g" that the traffic to the domain is worth a quarter million dollars. Go figure.

typo squatting for word (2, Funny)

ChrisGood (919182) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088150)

I thought this would be an article about the new microsoft word spell check wizard. It could have even been a discussion of all those who sit there reading posts just to reply about spelling. "yeah well at least i can spell, turn spell check on loser"

Typosquatting (0, Troll)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088154)

The problem is that Typosquatting is not a crime, and only people like Microsoft are trying to declare it as such. It becomes a question of just how much space should you be allowed to own surrounding your domain name.

But then, what do you expect from a company who believes they have the right own the common word "windows"?

Re:Typosquatting (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088571)

Indeed. I fear that this may well be used to intimidate people who have legitimate but similar company names.

Even Microsoft, don't forget... (3, Insightful)

TheNetAvenger (624455) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088474)

Even Microsoft, don't forget...

Microsoft is a 'big' company, and even as much as we can dislike MS as a whole or things they do or have done, it is easy to forget that a LOT of strong minded tech people work there.

So when MS releases something of benefit it is a bit hard to stomach for a lot of people, but easy once we step back and remember that MS as a whole is comprised of many bright tech people that USE technology on a daily basis, and not even all the people at Microsoft are 'Windows' only people.

MS research is one area that is the most evident of tech minded people without the corporate controls, but good developers exists throughout MS so we can't expect everything they do to be wrong or evil. Look at it from a statistical view if nothing else.

So sure MS will put out selfless tools that help customers and computer users from time to time.

Having been a person that has watched MS for a long time, I remember days when they seemed to care about the little person and companies, and a shift in the mid 90s where that focus was lost. I remember when MS technologies were made and distributed for many OSes, not just Windows. From Media Player to IE, etc. These were free technologies that didn't fit the 'Windows' business model that Ballmer has made the central focus of the company, unfortunately.

The potential for this concept of business to return is there. Ballmer is a business person, not a true tech person, nor an innovative mind when it comes to technology. He is the face of the evil side of MS, and Bill G. giving control to him is the biggest mistake of MS history.

If I was going to paint the evil face of MS it would be Ballmer and his followers. I don't think Gates understands business enough to realize this, nor do I think he is inherently a business only person. His parents were very charitable and pushed for making peoples lives better. His failure is in not recognizing the evil aspects of business and the greed that is can create and is embodied in Ballmer.

So offtopic a bit, but the foundation of my views on this technology. Not everything at MS is evil and there still exist people there with the original 'empowering' concepts that flourished pre-Ballmer mindset and control. Gates use to wrangle him in, and for whatever reason stopped, and MS became the company they fought against for years at Ballmers control and advice.

So it is nice to see from time to time evidence that the non-Ballmer business model still does exist within MS, who knows, maybe there is hope for them to figure out the Ballmer and his followers mistakes and go back to a company that gives a crap.

So let me get this straight: MS helps Google out? (1)

waferhead (557795) | more than 8 years ago | (#15088542)

So let me get this straight: MS helps Google out?

Next you'll tell me Microsoft is going to start running Linux to test interoperation.

After that, I expect to hear they're abandoning ntkernel and moving everything over to NetBSD. They expect to ship sooner, and with fewer bugs that way.
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