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Microsoft Tool To Help Users Avoid Typo Domains

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the slashdot-is-not-a-typo dept.

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blueZ3 writes "ZDnet is running a story on a new tool from Microsoft that aims to inform users when they reach 'typo domains'. Apparently, there's concern in Redmond that IE users are being exploited by companies running ad farms on typo domains. The tool uses an automated search routine to look for domains with particular types of typographical errors--transpositions, incorrect TLDs, missing letters--and then adds the domains to a database. The eventual goal (though this isn't clear from the article) seems to be something akin to Verisign's URL redirecting, where typo domains are blocked."

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Misspelled domain data (5, Insightful)

RunFatBoy.net (960072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132802)

The article isn't entirely clear whether the app reports back to MS your web surfing locations. Granted, it could be useful to see what the user is commonly misspelling, but at the same time, I really have no interest in relinquishing this information.

Jim -- http://www.runfatboy.net/ [runfatboy.net] -- A workout plan that doesn't feel like homework.

Re:Misspelled domain data (4, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132982)

The article isn't entirely clear whether the app reports back to MS your web surfing locations.

Yeah. Thank God, we can rely on Google to not do anything like that. Can you imagine what potential for misuse there would be if a company like Google recorded your web surfing habits?

Re:Misspelled domain data (1, Redundant)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133040)

I must agree. If this tool reports back to Microsoft, I wouldn't recommend it to my customers. On the other hand, if it didn't and only protected you from winding up at bad sites (like the goggle.com mentioned below) it would be good. Problem is, can we trust Microsoft not to make it report home and to keep the blacklist up to date? I rather doubt it.

It seems to me that perhaps someone could make an open source equivalent. It wouldn't be that difficult, since you could use some of the same blocklists that protowall and peer guardian use -- you could probably ask them to tag such sites or even make a separate list for them (the bluetack lists for protowall are already divided into several categories). Too bad I don't know jack about programming.

Re:Misspelled domain data (1)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133051)

I bet you are a-ok with firefox automagically redirecting you to google if a host isn't found. (which happens all the time for legitimate hosts if DNS is momentarily inaccessible)

Re:Misspelled domain data (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133336)

I bet firefox would be ok with it. They get paid for every google search they submit.

I wish they have a funky paper clip that says: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133096)

I wish they have a funky paper clip that pops up and says:

Hi there, I noticed you are about to visit a TLD web-site.
The address www.apple.com/macosx appears to be a misspelling of the address of a legitimate site http://www.microsoft.com/Genuine/.
Sites that use spelling variations of legitimate sites and companies may be used in "phishing" schemes to trick users into revealing their access accounts, credit card data, and other personal information.
  • To learn more about online "phishing" click here

  • If you understand the security implications of visiting potentially dangerous sites, and still wish to continue to www.apple.com/macosx, click here

  • If you wish to be redirected to the original site http://www.microsoft.com/Genuine/ either click here or simply wait 5 seconds.

What's the difference between... (1)

MacDork (560499) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133272)

a man and ET? ET phones home.. ;-) As I'm sure IE does :-( As for finding what misspelled domains are most common, you could do that with a little DNS cache snooping. [sysvalue.com] I'm sure the typo squatters have been doing it for ages.

Re:Misspelled domain data (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133295)

Of course it reports back the information to Microsoft. What do you think happens when you type something in Internet Explorer's address bar and it doesn't recognize the input instead directing you (and your input) to Microsoft's server at search.MSN.com (whether you like it or not)?

This so-called benevolent service is like your telephone deciding for you you did not mean to dial that number and so directing you to the number it thought you meant to dial on its own. Would you like your telephone to do that for you?

It is sickening how Microsoft tries to control the ability of the enduser to get things done on their own computer. From false DOS error messages with early Windows betas, to integrating a web browser into its operating system to prevent competition from Netscape, to interfering with governments' decisions to use open standards formats, Microsoft has done more to harm the advancement of computing than any company I know of.

Re:Misspelled domain data (-1, Flamebait)

Columcille (88542) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133475)

if there had been no Microsoft, there would be no advancement in computing. Advancement is commonly driven by the market, and Microsoft has created the market.

Re:Misspelled domain data (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133520)

So you are saying that there was no advancement in computing before MS? I'm sorry, but that's just delusional.

Re:Misspelled domain data (1)

WiFiBro (784621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133736)

Hm, there was something about the market mechanism and 'monopolizing'...

Re:Misspelled domain data (1)

nocomment (239368) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133569)

I'd prefer the information get sent back to MS anonymously where they jsut have the ONE robot running. Could you imagine the damage to the internet if there was 4.5 billion robots scanning the Internet just looking for typos? I think MS may have actually hit[1] on a good idea. It won't make me switch to windows, but I still like the idea.

[1] pun intended.

Re:Misspelled domain data (1)

FKnight (521972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133697)

The article isn't entirely clear whether the app reports back to MS your web surfing locations. Granted, it could be useful to see what the user is commonly misspelling, but at the same time, I really have no interest in relinquishing this information.

Yeah, because behind everything Microsoft does, it just has to be because they're spying on us.

Re:Misspelled domain data (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133760)

Oh, don't worry, alexa spyware already does that (and it comes installed!).

Slippery Slope (0, Offtopic)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132806)

oups!

Yes (2, Interesting)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132826)

What if I really wanted to go to goggle.com? (don't, it tries to drive-by install something when you leave.)

Re:Yes (1)

TwilightXaos (860408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132958)

That doesn't mean my browser should atempt to prevent me from going to it.

Re:Yes (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133224)

That's what I meant.

Re:Yes (1)

Random Destruction (866027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133308)

uh. then don't install this software?

That sure is a good headline (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132807)

Anyone who does that job is most definitely a tool.

Firefox? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132825)

Microsoft is now supporting Firefox over IE?

first one up: (4, Funny)

Lxy (80823) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132827)

"www.google.com"

Did you mean "search.msn.com"?

Re:first one up: (1)

dancpsu (822623) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132949)

or at least www.googol.com

Re:first one up: (4, Informative)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132952)

have you every tried www.goggle.com ?
It's pretty bad. A popup got around firefox, automatically starts a file download gsetup.exe, etc.

Re:first one up: (1)

Khaed (544779) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133075)

Didn't for me.

Re:first one up: (2, Interesting)

kabz (770151) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133118)

Wow, it did for me and I'm using Safari on a Mac !! It waited a few seconds then I got the familiar this file contains an application message. That is scary.

Re:first one up: (1)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133197)

Tried it. Firefox does state that it's attempting to download a file and asks for a location to save. I'm sure it's malware, but it would take effort on the part of a Firefox user to install it. They'd have to save it to the dekstop and knowingly execute it.

Re:first one up: (1)

deathy_epl+ccs (896747) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133156)

You'll pardon me if I don't test this. ;-)

Silly rabbit! (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133208)

That's what VMWare [vmware.com] is for!

Re:first one up: (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133771)

And... they claim to remove such software. Wow.

Re:first one up: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133133)

Here's my (Score: 0, duh) tidbit for the day:

Whenever I'm unsure of the spelling of a domain name, I hit my google toolbar bookmark and type the name of the company as a query. Most of the time the top link is the site I'm looking for, but I've been surprised quite a bit lately. Anyway, once I decide a site is worth going back to I just add it to my bookmarks; however, recently I've been lazy... so lazy in fact that I've accidentally typed google in my query at least half a dozen times. :(

Re:first one up: (1)

DeafByBeheading (881815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133216)

Even better, they should correct it to the "proper" spelling and send people to googol.com [googol.com] ...

Re:first one up: (1)

g2devi (898503) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133340)

Actually, it's more like:

Clippy pops up and says:
"You seem to be trying to access search.msn.com, but have mispelled it as google.com. Would you like to go to search.msn.com right away or visit one of the great set of beginner videos on MS' website that teach you about all the cool features of MSN?
[Go to search.msn.com] [View video training] [Change Clippy Icon to XP Dog Icon]
"

Re:first one up: (2)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133343)

'www.openoffice.org' Did you mean 'http://office.microsoft.com'?

Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (5, Insightful)

macklin01 (760841) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132833)

This sounds like a great idea, but I can see some legitimate causes being harmed. For instance, Untied.com [untied.com] is a typo of United, which is used to protest some labor practices at United Airlines [united.com] .

I guess the question is, how is MS going to determine the legitimate misspellings from the illegitimate misspellings? Certainly United doesn't like the misspelling above, but it's not anti-consumer like misspelling a company name and winding up at a spam site, or worse yet, a phishing site. -- Paul

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (0, Flamebait)

Crouty (912387) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132928)

how is MS going to determine the legitimate misspellings from the illegitimate misspellings?
If I was a data miner like M$, I would maintain a whitelist and have every browser connect to my servers on a regular basis to update that whitelist. I would not be a bit surprised if it worked like this. Of course, a personalized subscription to this service would be even better.

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (1)

Brobock (226116) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132972)

Perhaps the user wanted to go to untied.com instead of united.com; It works both ways. Since "untied" is a dictionary word, this would most likely not cause any issues.

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (2, Informative)

Ardx (954221) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133052)

I would the way they will deal with typos is very similar to the phishing filter in IE7. And if a site is a valid site rather than a typo and is mistakenly marked as a typo farm, you will be able to email them and have them verify your site is not a typo farm and they will remove it. A very similar thing happened to my business site. The phishing filter marked my contact page as a phishing site, I emailed them and very quickly it was no longer reing reported as a phishing site. Keep in mind, while it may be amusing to think of MS marking google.com as a typo farm, I would expect them to be very careful with the major sites because they are sure to not want the negative publicity to overshadow this nice attempt to protect users.

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (1)

yakhan451 (841816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133053)

Easy. Add a frame to the top of the page that says "This may have been a typo, did you mean [whatever]?" with a link to dismiss the frame if that's not what you meant.

Like the frame images.google.com adds to the linked site.

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (1)

poolmeister (872753) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133250)

It seems many are misunderstanding the concept here.
This wouldn't be a tool that checks your spelling like Google search.
It sounds as if this is simply a tool to block sites that have been blacklisted by MS that take advantage of & make revenue from people's URL typos, I would imagine the definitions would be automatically updated.

Anyway... why would this tool need to query MS with a URL when IE already does that by default (see the 'Just go to the most likely site' option in IE's advanced settings).

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133179)

An interesting point. Personally I would only want it to fix typos for known "dead sites" i.e sites which are not live and only contain those crappy search/advert pages.

In the example you gave both sites are live sites and equally valid. If Microsoft wants this tool to be used then I would hope that they only "fix" the "dead sites" like I mentioned above. Either that of integrate it into Vista so we have no choice but to use it ;)

Re:Sounds great, but may be damaging to some (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133534)

"No, damn it! I wanted to go to booble.com!!!"

Swipe at Google? (4, Insightful)

dannytaggart (835766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132838)

Is this a strategic swipe at Google's ad revenue for parked domains?

Re:Swipe at Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133167)

Swipe at Google or not, I would love to see this (if they can do it without sending my entire surf history to Microsoft). Domaingrabbers are a pest.

Re:Swipe at Google? (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133237)

Is this a strategic swipe at Google's ad revenue for parked domains?

If it is, then goddamnit, it's about time. Frankly, I don't even have a problem with Microsoft doing it, if it makes Google get off its ass and fix the issue.

Not the same goal (1)

Stealth210 (447350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132843)

Verisign redirected you by DNS, this seems like more of a client side tool. I wouldn't have any problem with it if it was an optional Windows setting or uninstall tool.

That's odd... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132848)

I thought Verisign handled non-existent domains by redirecting them all to a "buy this name" ad page. Or is that just the non-typo names?

yuo failu it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132850)

The failure of Love of two is vitality. Like an a BSD box (a PPII *BSD is dying It is new core is going OF AMERICA) is the [idge.net] get how people can

I'd be more concerned about phishing (4, Interesting)

jfengel (409917) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132857)

Ending up at a link farm isn't any fun, but at least it's not dangerous. But you're told to type URLs from email rather than copy-and-paste, and then you risk being screwed by your own typo. Even going to your own bank is risky if you type without consciously typo-checking the URL.

Re:I'd be more concerned about phishing (1)

dg41 (743918) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133113)

I dunno about it not being dangerous. I've hit those link farm pages before, and they've tried to install spyware or change homepage or do other malicious things (this was pre-Firefox days for me, at least).

Argh! Dupe! (3, Informative)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132858)

I thought for sure that there would be enough Subscribers send email to the DaddyPants address that this one would be yanked.

Well, for reference, here are all the +4 and +5 comments from last week's installment of this story, so you karma whores can repost them and hope the moderators don't see through your ruse...

Microsoft 'URL Tracer' Hunts Typosquatters [slashdot.org]

Meanwhile, you can blame me for jinxing it.

Ghost Article: M'soft Tool To Help Users Avoid Typo Domains [slashdot.org]

Re:Argh! Dupe! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132885)

I must have missed that one. I'm glad this article was reposted, as it is interesting. Please -- do not be so militant about the extermination of the dupes. A lot of people actually *like* them.

Oh, how awful! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132861)

Apparently, there's concern in Redmond that IE users are being exploited by companies running ad farms on typo domains.

How dare those other companies! Nobody's allowed to exploit Microsoft's users except Microsoft!

I am a winner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132875)

I like those sites! I just won a prize at slasdot.org .... quess what! I was the 50.000.000th visitor, but i have to go and contact the prize department immediately.

I can see it now. (0, Redundant)

Rodness (168429) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132887)

Hi, it looks like you're trying to visit a website! You typed: www.apple.com, did you mean:

  • www.microsoft.com
  • www.msn.com
  • www.allyourbasearebelongtomicrosoft.com

Or type what you want in this box and we'll send you wherever we feel like. [ ]

Is there really need? (1)

cazbar (582875) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132889)

I have relatives that are not computer literate. But when they visit a website by typing in its URL and they see a site that isn't what they were expecting, they know to check the spelling of the URL. As far as they are concerned, it's like dialing a wrong phone number.

It seems to me that Microsoft is wasting resources on something that isn't really necessary.

Re:Is there really need? (2, Interesting)

TwilightXaos (860408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133013)

That isn't the problem. But what if some computer naive, but otherwise intelligent, person types in their bank address as
www.compasbank.com
An easy mistake. Then, instead of seeing a site that installs XYZ spyware, they see a site that looks exactly like the real site
www.compassbank.com
So they enter their password for online banking, because the site has the little lock in the browser window meaning it is a secure connection. Now, the owners of the fake site have the banking info, including account numbers, of the person.

I am not saying this is a good idea. But, I believe the case you describe is not what it's originators were thinking.

Re:Is there really need? (1)

athmanb (100367) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133022)

But the issue is that alone by having typed in that domain, they have made money for its owner. Multiply that by 10,000 and you have already made a profit over the registration cost of the domain itself, and common typos of popular domains can easily make you a hundred times that many visits.

Re:Is there really need? (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133333)

But the issue is that alone by having typed in that domain, they have made money for its owner.

Yes, but that money didn't come from their pocket, did it? It came from the advertisers and was wasted because they ignore the ads and go away. Yes, some sleazeball made a fraction of a cent, but it came from another sleaseball, so who really cares?

Yes. (1)

madaxe42 (690151) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133486)

Yes. Last night my girlfriend was looking at booking hotels in Italy - she's a barrister, so definitely not short of intelligence.

She repeatedly mistyped domains and then totally failed to recognize that she was on a spam ad-farm site - my mother does the same. So does my housemate... People seem to really not notice this kind of thing in the slightest. It's the old 'I don't understand computers therefore I'll play dumb' routine.

never heard of (1)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132890)

oh, he said something about linux, I wonder what's that? Let me try and check this (types linux.com in browser). Hmm it's just some typo, maybe I haven't heard him clearly, oh well...

So the real question is.. (0, Offtopic)

tornsaq (961735) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132896)

Does it run on Linux?

Oh, you mean like redirecting MikeRoweSoft.com? (4, Interesting)

Crouty (912387) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132901)

Stupid parents to have their son's name collide with phonetics of Microsoft [slashdot.org] .

Re:Oh, you mean like redirecting MikeRoweSoft.com? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133079)

No one is going to typo Microsoft and end up with MikeRoweSoft. Someone particularly stupid might spell Microsoft that way, but that's a problem you just can't fix :P

Re:Oh, you mean like redirecting MikeRoweSoft.com? (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133176)

Stupid son to name his company that way knowing full well how Microsoft would react - really, how any company in their position would react.

Besides which, classing mikerowesoft as a typo of microsoft is a stretch even by slashdot standards...

Re:Oh, you mean like redirecting MikeRoweSoft.com? (1)

Crouty (912387) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133489)

Mike Rowe has all right to own and use a domain named mikerowe.com, more than Microsoft has at least. Heck, more than Microsoft has to use microsoft.com. Again, certain priviledges seem to be a matter of money, not only in some corrupt dictatorships but also in the western world.

Re:Oh, you mean like redirecting MikeRoweSoft.com? (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133546)

No-one said that he isn't entitled to own and use the mikerowe.com domain; what is being argued is that a decade or so after Microsoft became a household name he does not have the right to use the domain mikerowesoft.com for a software consultancy business.

Try setting up a delivery and courier service at the domain fredex.com and see how far you get, even if you name is Fred Ex...

Re:Oh, you mean like redirecting MikeRoweSoft.com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133648)

mikerowesoft is said entirely differently than microsoft, unless you're in the habit of plowing right into surnames when you speak.

A shot at Google (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15132912)

It may not look like it, but this is a strategic move against Google.

Google makes a significant amount of money of bulk domainers. Domainers are people who buy domains in bulk, expecting to make revenue off inexperienced users tying words directly into the URL bar, variations/misspellings on popular domain names etc). An example is something like http://www.bloggerforums.com/ [bloggerforums.com] .

By making users aware of what's going on, they'll be more likely to fix the problem themself (instead of clicking one of the sponsored links by Google), thus cutting a part of the revenue stream. (How big? Well, Google obviously isn't going to say, but it's estimated to be way into the hundred of millions.)

Re:A shot at Google (1)

fastgood (714723) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132951)

instead of clicking one of the sponsored links by Google

Google's own toolbar shows a little green graph from 1-10 for a page's popularity.
A popular site typo would be 7+ notches lower (Windows Update is a "4" now?!)

Re:A shot at Google (1)

daeg (828071) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133101)

Little is the key there. Google also serves over 3 million domain names under their AdSense program for parked domains. They serve parked domains, which serve the typo domains, and make legitimate domain holders buy AdSense words to redirect typo domains to their real website. Users click, Google gets paid. Mad cash.

While the toolbar is cool, that won't stop my grandmother from mistaking her bank's website. Icons don't cut it, unfortunately you have to be abrassive with this otherwise users will ignore the warning signs.

Re:A shot at Google (1)

croddy (659025) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133057)

That doesn't make it a strategic move against Google so much as a strategic move against cruft that nobody wants to see. If Google is indexing this crap, and their business somehow depends upon it (which is unlikely), then that's their problem.

Re:A shot at Google (1)

deepestblue (206649) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133276)

Am I only one that thinks this somehow contradicts Google's "Do no evil"?

Re:A shot at Google (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133441)

Am I only one that thinks this somehow contradicts Google's "Do no evil"?

What, you mean Microsoft is being evil by doing this? While that wouldn't suprise me in the least I'm not sure I follow you...

There is a much easier way.... (5, Interesting)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132920)

There is a much easier way to block 99% of the typosquatters - they have a very small number of IP addresses they park their domains on.

Block those IP addresses, block the squatters.

Check it out for yourself - fire up your favorite DNS query tool, and plug in some typos.

pron.com (4, Funny)

klenwell (960296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132922)

will typing pron.com send me to porn.com? or vice-versa?

Tom

Re:pron.com (1)

tidokoro (967675) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133081)

just bookmark it like I do

Re:pron.com (1)

yoprst (944706) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133193)

It'll send you to pr0n.com.

Tough Calls (4, Funny)

wuffalicious (896539) | more than 8 years ago | (#15132969)

Microsoft domain corrector has detected that you may have mis-typed your desination address.

You were trying to access, "whitehouse.gov".
Did you really mean, "whitehouse.com"?

Re:Tough Calls (1)

madaxe42 (690151) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133506)

When did whitehouse.com stop being pr0n?!

Re:Tough Calls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133507)

The Slashdot typing corrector has detected that you may have mis-typed "destination".

not just typos (3, Informative)

sloths (909607) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133019)

I really hate domain squatters. It's not just typos, but just cool domains that could be used for a legitimate site are just ads. IE the.com, yeah.com, sloths.com... Actually one time I was snooping around the directories of sloths.com looking for contact info to see if I could buy the domain when I came across a sql.txt file that told me their passwords.

I've emailed Google several times about this [google.com] awful program. I hate all forms of advertising, but it just makes me mad to see cool domains used for illegitimate purposes. People say it's just another business, but they are stupid.

Wonder if they'd open the protocol / database (1)

babaloo (259815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133099)

If Microsoft would open the protocol and/or the database there could be a way to implement this in other browsers too. Perhaps a web service. If they really think this is that big of a problem then a free service would convince me they're serious.

Re:Wonder if they'd open the protocol / database (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133642)

Oh come on, this gives IE a competitive advantage. No way they open it up for competing browsers. This is Microsoft! You must be thinking of their lesser known competitor Microsft and their mostly accidentally used product Internt Explrer.

Only a band-aid (3, Interesting)

Fastolfe (1470) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133122)

This problem exists because users seem to place an unhealthy emphasis on a DNS domain name as a web topic. Perhaps we should be looking at ways of de-emphasizing a DNS domain name's importance in identifying content and start looking for ways to let users find specific pieces of information in a reliable manner using some other tool (such as an X.500 or LDAP directory of official organization names, registered trade marks, service marks, etc.).

Until users stop thinking that they can just add a .com to their search term and get "official" content, this will remain a problem. Determining what domain names are squatters and what domains aren't is fairly easy today, but it will only be a matter of time (and a brief amount of time at that) before these typosquatters just dress their pages up to look a little more substantial and your horribly subjective test will start to fail.

Hose IE (1)

peterfa (941523) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133134)

I cannot remember all the times when I made a mistake and went to one of those "search" index sites because I know they will hose up your IE. I panic and just shut off IE as hastily is I can. I know a spyware-hosting site when I see one. I still panic when it happens to me when on Linux using FF or Konquorer. I don't use IE, not just because I don't use Windows, but because it gets pwnd all the time.

Good MS (2, Insightful)

Ramble (940291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133139)

Honestly, I think this is a good thing. MS is going to the root of the cause, which is when ol' Joe Sixpack types in google but misspells and downloads personal search bar from some random IP address.

This along with the phishing filter will hopefully solve alot of web crime and issues like that.

Say good bye to... (1)

ZSpade (812879) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133241)

MikeRoweSoft.com [cnn.com]

I must be missing something (2, Informative)

trawg (308495) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133346)

Aside from phishing attempts, which is a legitimate concern (but imo should be addressed by the company that is getting spoofed), what is the big deal about typo squatting?

I enter in a lot of my URLs by hand. I frequently make typos because I was typing them too fast. I see a page that isn't what I was expecting or that is obviously a link farm, I just re-type the URL.

Or I use bookmarks. Or I use Google.

I see you're trying to type Firefox ... (1, Flamebait)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133358)

did you mean Internet Explorer?

Where's it going to send you? (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133363)

Let's say you want to go to www.omgponies.com [omgponies.com] and typo it as omg!ponies!.com. Where do you end up going, and do you really deserve to be there?

Win-Win/Win-Lose? (1)

OverflowingBitBucket (464177) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133444)

Well, I'm for anything that will stick it to site-squatting parasites. I had to go with my second choice when naming my game suite because a link-farm scum was sitting on the domain I wanted.

Mind you though, there's a pretty big potential for abuse. What will the protection fees be against ending up on this list?

Seems like win-win from Microsoft's POV though. ;)

How Presumptuous (0, Troll)

Jynx97 (834066) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133480)

What if I intended to goto the site that was assumed a type-o. Isn't that like letting one company control the web? Would certain sites get on the "type-o list" due to "oversite", due to "over competition"? "Please disregard the man behind the curtain!"

Where do you want to go today? (2, Funny)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133548)

We think you are trying to type in 'www.microsoft.com', please wait while we take you there.

"there's concern in Redmond..." (3, Funny)

FFFish (7567) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133571)

"Apparently, there's concern in Redmond that IE users are being exploited by companies running ad farms on typo domains."

It occurs to me that the only people dumb enough to use MSIE these days are precisely those sorts of users who would be susceptible to the advertising on linkfarms.

I'm not sure whether to praise Microsoft for trying to protect the retards from themselves, or to curse them for defeating the net's version of Darwinian selection...

Would it correct? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133626)

www.microsucks.com to www.microsoft.com ; if so, I would be very disappointed; since that would be my intended site.

What a shock (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133666)

Microsoft tries to do the right thing, and the morons here at slashdot flame them anyways. Go back into your holes fanboys.

This is the reason Slashdot is becoming more and more of a blog site than a source of information.

drive me crazy (1)

f1055man (951955) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133667)

the solution is going to be worse than the problem. If I make a typo and go to the wrong site, big deal, it takes 5 seconds to correct it. Now I'm going to be nagged all all the time, well i would be nagged if used microsoft or explorer. Sounds like clippy is expanding his empire of annoyance.

No thanks (-1, Troll)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133726)

google.com? Huh? Obviously you meant buy_overpriced_microsoft_crap.com.

If Apple did this . . . (1)

__michikal (959040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133773)

Then I bet you'd be applauding them for the ingenuity of such a device.
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