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Cameroon Typo-Squats all of .com

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the can't-fault-them-for-the-idea dept.

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wayne writes "As reported on CircleID, the nation of Cameroon, which controls the .cm top level domain, has typo-squatted all of the .com domain space. They have placed a wildcard DNS record to redirect all traffic to an ad-based search page. Unlike the earlier case of Verisign putting a wildcard in the real .com domain, ICANN has very little direct control over what a nation can do with their own TLD. Will the owners of .co and .om follow?"

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.cm != .com (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857568)

Someone ought to correct that title and blurb.

Re:.cm != .com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857588)

That's why it's a typo squat, Dr. Stupid.

Re:.cm != .com (1)

WhodoVoodoo (319477) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857798)

It's a joke you fools.

um, yeah (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857589)

.cm != .com

That is rather the point of the thing.

Stupid fucking Africans (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857608)

Leave it to a nation of niggers to typosquat *.com
Niggers.

Re:Stupid fucking Africans (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857614)

abortion war rapture global warming terrorism bush w gpl emacs!

Re:Stupid fucking Africans (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857683)

Mod parent up!

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We must secure the existence of our People and a future for White Children.

Re:.cm != .com (1, Insightful)

typidemon (729497) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857689)

it's typo-squatting any .com domain. www.cnn.com is one character away from www.cnn.cm

Um, yeah. Wow. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857571)

In other news, AOL just released full search records for 500,000 users.... to everybody, not just the DOJ.

Smart move. (4, Funny)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857572)

That should double their GDP!

Re:Smart move. (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857581)

The truth is often spoken in jest.

I'm not sure about double, but it will contribute to their GDP no doubt.

Re:Smart move. (5, Informative)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857625)

It's too bad that none of that is likely to trickle down.

From what I understand, the government there controls (well, attempts to) the broadcast channels pretty damn strictly, and voicing an opposition political opinion is generally called "libel" and involves jail time. Hoarding the TLD isn't a surprising move for them.

Re:Smart move. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857739)

Well...this now means that the Cameroon government is now typosquatting every registered .cm domain. They've made the whole Cameroon typosquatting industry a state-run monopoly. Any economists out there?

Re:Smart move. (2, Interesting)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857745)

At least it will pay for the upkeep of a DNS root server that mostly had traffic asking for non existing sites.

Well... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857793)

Since that'll screw with spamfilters (unless, perhaps you make sure that .cm can't be delegated?), perhaps it'd be a good idea to block *.cm from the mail server.

They'll just have to get webmail somewhere if they'd like to send email...

Re:Smart move. (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857812)

You have to wonder how much of the ad revenue they do get. I suppose there must be a lot of type in traffic for them to even consider this

The fix is easy (4, Insightful)

narfbot (515956) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857576)

Just for any address I will never want to visit, you can just block it. For example, I never will visit ad.doubleclick.net. I have very little reason to visit Cameroon. I will just block all of .cm if the resulting site is annoying.

Re:The fix is easy (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857686)

seems like an easy fix. Also blocking *.om and *.cm

Re:The fix is easy (3, Insightful)

Neoncow (802085) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857700)

Wouldn't a better solution be to redirect *.om and *.cm to the .com equivalent? or maybe display a page that has a giant link to the correct address... I'm not geek enough to know how to do this, but I assume somone with adequate knowledge of proxies and scripts would be able to suggest something... *hint hint*

Re:The fix is easy (3, Insightful)

narfbot (515956) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857759)

You could, but why bother? It's a typo anyway.

Re:The fix is easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857776)

Just don't make any typos when yr blocking them, eh?

An easy solution (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857583)

We invade the country, kill those spearchucking niggers, and take their domain!

Re:An easy solution (1)

riff420 (810435) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857593)

Nobody wants you here. Please move to Cameroon, kthxluvubye.

Re:An easy solution (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857646)

Nobody wants niggers anywhere. Not me, not you, not even niggers. Maby if you spent more time reading African American history you would know this. For Christ's sake, I like niggers, but I want to go lynch one after reading this thread. I guess I'll settle for watching a tv show about the death penalty on the History Channel. So many dead niggers, it makes me proud to be an American.

They can't say that America doesn't like killing its niggers.

Re:An easy solution (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857642)

And just like every other comparitively caveman technological nation, they'll own the US by creating a quagmire with eventual retreat and give the US decades of wound licking.
Your nation is a joke at war.

Easy Solution. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857585)

Encourage everyone to blacklist their TLD until they start letting their people use it for real content, which will happen as soon as someone is in control who understands (and cares) that the nation will benefit more from it.

Persistent attacks on the page might help as well, since it would interfere with their cash flow from it.

no big deal imo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857626)

I'm fine with that if a country does it. Its not like Verisign's case. Its their tld and they are free to do whatever they want with it. However, the question is... what happens with that money?

Re:no big deal imo (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857651)

The current government in Cameroon isn't representative of the country by a long shot.

The money's probably going to go towards hunting down secessionists, bringing charges of libel against journalists from opposition parties, and solid gold hubcaps.

There's typos, and then there's THAT (-1, Redundant)

moochfish (822730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857587)

"As reported on CircleID, the nation of Cameroon, which controls the .cm top level domain, has typo-squatted all of the .com domain space."

That ".com" should be ".cm." In an article about typo-squatting, could you at least make sure you don't typo the main premise of the article in a manner that significantly alters the story??

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (3, Funny)

pookemon (909195) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857592)

But if you mean to type .com and you actually type .cm then its a typo. If you mean to type .cm and you .cm then it's not a typo.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (3, Interesting)

Firehed (942385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857794)

If you mean to type .cm, chances are the domain actually exists, and you'll go to the website as you intended. They're not redirecting *.cm to an ad page, just (unregistered).cm. Like Verisign did with (unregistered).com until the tubes were all full of user backlash.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (1)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857596)

That ".com" should be ".cm." In an article about typo-squatting, could you at least make sure you don't typo the main premise of the article in a manner that significantly alters the story??


If I registered slashdt.org, people would say I was typo-squatting slashdot.org. Similarly, if I redirected *.cm, I would be typo-squatting *.com. The article description is correct.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (1)

Neoncow (802085) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857709)

You have to admit, the title is very confusing. It's like one of those optical illusions, some people see the candlestick and some people see two faces staring at each other. I think a clearer title would have been "Cameroon cybersquats all of .cm"

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (1)

jazir1979 (637570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857824)

..and other people feed the trolls.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (4, Informative)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857600)

Uh, do you understand the point of the article?

Go to this site: http://www.cnn.com/ [cnn.com]

Now go here: http://www.cnn.cm/ [www.cnn.cm]

That's typosquatting.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (1, Insightful)

CRC'99 (96526) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857806)

Uh, do you understand the point of the article?

Go to this site: http://www.cnn.com/ [cnn.com]

Now go here: http://www.cnn.cm/ [www.cnn.cm]

That's typosquatting.


<sarcasm>Yeah! How dare they have their country code as a typo-squat of .com. Lets chance their country code from .cm to .fu or something! </sarcasm>

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (4, Informative)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857604)

No, they typo-squatted ".com", in the same way that "goggle.com" and the like typo-squatted "google.com". Domain-squatting is something else entirely, and involves registering the actual target address and sitting on it, then trying to sell it for an increased sum.

They typo-squatted .com by domain-squatting .cm.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (1)

SteveDob (449830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857611)

The .com typo is initially made in the headline of the CircleID article. The headline here possibly needs a (sic) in there but it is faithfully reporting the referenced article.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857713)

dude.. when someone types a .com domain and they forget that last little 'o' it goes to .cm... think before yout type your thought.

Re:There's typos, and then there's THAT (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857773)

No, think before you do anything.

Ye gods what kind of society are we liveing in?

Coincidence? I think not! (-1, Troll)

scaryjohn (120394) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857591)

And to think: the French thought there was no good reason for us to control Teh Intarwebs.

Or could they have wildcarded .cm already?

There's probably a joke about net neutrality in there, too. But it's too early / late for me to find it.

www.gkj.cm (4, Funny)

tsa (15680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857597)

I tried it, it works! I must say it's a real clever idea. I want a country too!

Re:www.gkj.cm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857777)

I should buy that. It's my initials.

Re:www.gkj.cm (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857817)

If you have a few million spar http://www.privateislandsonline.com/ [privateislandsonline.com] then you just have to get it made into a country

Does their ISP offer web-hosting? (1)

metamorphose (993342) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857598)

If so, their service would _suck_.

NIGGERS CANNOT EVEN COOPERATE ON INTERNET! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857603)

HOW DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO COOPERATE IN THE REAL WORLD? LOLOL

LOOK AT AFRICA, WHAT A SHITHOLE LOLOL

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What's next? (4, Funny)

macserv (701681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857613)

I'm sure the government of Vomania will benefit highly from my URL mistakes.

for those that don't get it, .cm == typo of .com (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857616)

I have no idea how many people mistype .com though, that's a pretty bad/lazy typo

Re:for those that don't get it, .cm == typo of .co (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857735)

In Australia,

The typo I normaly get .coma.u and I rarly use .com on its own (I am far more likely to put a redundant .au on the end then to miss the "o") so this doesnt bother me much.

Re:for those that don't get it, .cm == typo of .co (1)

cheese-cube (910830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857772)

If there was anyway of measuring the alcohol comsumption among internet users I'm sure you'd find that hits on the *.cm site would rise and fall with it :P

Not an issue. (3, Insightful)

natrius (642724) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857619)

As long as the money made from this is going to the goverment of Cameroon and not some registrar, why is this an issue? The .cm ccTLD belongs to Cameroon. Why can't they decide what they want to do with it?

Re:Not an issue. (4, Interesting)

Maestro4k (707634) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857643)

As long as the money made from this is going to the goverment of Cameroon and not some registrar, why is this an issue? The .cm ccTLD belongs to Cameroon. Why can't they decide what they want to do with it?

Same reasons that Verisign's wildcard service was decried, among other things this will cause every name.cm to resolve so it's going to at least screw with some spam blocking methods. If other countries follow suit then it gets even messier.

You're right that it belongs to them but there is such a thing as playing nicely. Also it's a bit of a spammy trick, so it's already making me associate Cameroon with spammers and their ilk. Was that their intention? Will they be happy with that? If you lived in Cameroon would you like the fact that your government (since the government assigns who runs the ccTLD) is making your country look like that?

Re:Not an issue. (2, Insightful)

ChronosWS (706209) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857678)

Cameroon's tactics are fine. It's our poor typing which has gotten us into this mess. Can't blame them for our inability to type .com properly before hitting enter.

Re:Not an issue. (2, Informative)

CRC'99 (96526) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857785)

Same reasons that Verisign's wildcard service was decried, among other things this will cause every name.cm to resolve so it's going to at least screw with some spam blocking methods. If other countries follow suit then it gets even messier.


Last time I checked, Verisign wasn't a country or even a government service. It's a private company. That's where the difference lies.

Re:Not an issue. (2, Interesting)

khallow (566160) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857807)

A difference that is irrelevant, might I add. As I mention elsewhere, there are plenty of options for dissuading the .cm admins. These include blocking *.cm entries at the root DNS servers. I think there's enough leverage there to stop this.

Re:Not an issue. (4, Interesting)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857705)

Because the government of Cameroon is not Cameroon.

This isn't just an attempt to grab cash; that's a side effect. This is to hamper the ability of opposition parties to use the Internet as a voice. The government in Cameroon controls the TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers tightly; they don't want the Internet to be any different.

Thank you SiteFinder! (1)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857631)

Thanks to SiteFinder, the fixes for this have already been developed. For example, BIND 9 allows the administrator to declare certain zones as being delegation only [isc.org] .

If you think about it (5, Funny)

Koragnar (780289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857632)

.com is typo-squatting all the .cm sites for people who suck miserably at typing.

There's an easy fix for this... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857636)

Just edit your hosts file, and redirect *.cm to 127.0.0.1 in it. That way, even if you ever make that kind of typo on accident, you don't reward them for it.

And if enough people do it, it renders the ENTIRE TLD worthless, thereby economically punishing them, to boot.

Re:There's an easy fix for this... (5, Informative)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857821)

Just edit your hosts file, and redirect *.cm to 127.0.0.1 in it. That way, even if you ever make that kind of typo on accident, you don't reward them for it.
Since when could the hosts file support wildcards?

I hearby welcome Camaroon... (1)

walnutmon (988223) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857648)

To the community of good ideas... And countries that I have heard of.

I will probably be visiting their site often. I go to www.yahoo.cm at least 5 times a week. Before it just hung my web browser :/

Re:I hearby welcome Camaroon... (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857674)

echo "216.109.112.135 yahoo.cm">>/etc/hosts

This story is complete bullshit (3, Interesting)

njdj (458173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857657)

Cameroon is not typo-squatting anything. If you type in a domain name ending in .cm that hasn't been specifically assigned to someone, you get a fairly innocuous default page with links to ads. So what?

Re:This story is complete bullshit (2, Insightful)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857670)

Cameroon is not typo-squatting anything. If you type in a domain name ending in .cm that hasn't been specifically assigned to someone, you get a fairly innocuous default page with links to ads. So what?

The "so what" is that when you try to go to a non-existent domain, you should get a name resolution failure. That way, you know that you have an error. The screws that up.

Re:This story is complete bullshit (0)

njdj (458173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857693)

when you try to go to a non-existent domain, you should get a name resolution failure.

.cm is not a nonexistent domain. It is a well-defined domain, owned by Cameroon.

The owner of a domain is free to divide it into subdomains as he, she or it pleases; including delegating some or all of the subdomains, which is what is usually done by owners of top-level domains.

Re:This story is complete bullshit (3, Informative)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857688)

Re:This story is complete bullshit (1)

njdj (458173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857737)

Quite so, but that's not what this /. story is about. The story is about typosquatting.

To quote from the document to which you posted the link: "Proposed guideline: If you want to use wildcards in your zone and understand the risks, go ahead, but only do so with the informed consent of the entities that are delegated within your zone."

Re:This story is complete bullshit (1)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857761)

Right, even outside the .com => .cm typosquatting though, it's still a bad idea because it creates many downsides for legitimate users of .cm. With any TLD on the public internet, it's probably extremely difficult/impossible to get informed consent from even a majority of involved users.

Re: Parent article is complete bullshit (2, Informative)

raju1kabir (251972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857691)

Cameroon is not typo-squatting anything. If you type in a domain name ending in .cm that hasn't been specifically assigned to someone, you get a fairly innocuous default page with links to ads. So what?

So that's exactly what typosquatting is. What do you think it is?

Re:This story is complete bullshit (2, Insightful)

stewby18 (594952) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857702)

You are missing the point. The issue isn't people who want to go to aaa.cm accidently typing aab.cm, it's people wanting to go to aaa.com and forgetting the 'o'.

Re:This story is complete bullshit (3, Insightful)

njdj (458173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857789)

The issue isn't people who want to go to aaa.cm accidently typing aab.cm, it's people wanting to go to aaa.com and forgetting the 'o'.

I think you are missing the point. The owner of, say, neimanmarcus.com would be a victim of typosquatting if someone else took the domain name niemanmarcus.com, because someone typing in the latter spelling would really be deceived if it went to the wrong page. He could look carefully at what he typed and think, "yes, niemanmarcus.com, that's right." But if you type neimanmarcus.cm, the mistake is obvious when you look again.

When trying to allow for users' mistakes, at some point you have to draw a line. Beyond a certain point, the user has to take responsibility to type what he or she means. For example, philips.com [philips.com] and phillips.com [phillips.com] are different domains. Neither is typosquatting; the user has to get it right. Top-level country domains are a much clearer case than that.

Oh, for God's sake get a life! (1, Flamebait)

hairyface (717081) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857658)

Anybody who can get hot under the collar over this non-issue has a serious problem.

Spices 'R Us (1)

dwandy (907337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857660)

not sure what all the fuss is about. we've been working the dot typo's since .com represented the first three letters...

the Cummin spice group, pls. plc whatever

correct solution (that will never fly)... (5, Interesting)

smash (1351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857662)

From some dude's blog that was linked to TFA:

The lesson here is that something is fundamentally screwed up in the domain world when one server manager in Cameroon can enable this much confusion. But I still can't figure out what the right solution is.
(from here: http://weblog.johnlevine.com/ICANN/cameroon.html?s eemore=y [johnlevine.com] )

... is to require that US based sites use a US-specific country suffix, just like the rest of the internet.

I.e., migrate all of .com, .net, etc to .com.us, .net.us (or whatever).

That way, typoing the .com or .net suffix won't take you to a different country unintentionally :D

Sure, the internet was originally created in the US, but it's bigger than that now, and having one country that just doesn't use country suffixes is non-standard. :)

Of course, typo-ing the country suffix will still either not work, or take you to a different country, but what can you do...

As a side-effect, this would no doubt deter other country's businesses etc from simply registering .com, .org or .net domains because the domain rego is cheaper and it's "country-ambiguous"... (yes, I own .net and .org domains and i'm in australia. if it was going to have to be .com.us or whateever, I probably wouldn't be using up your precious US namespace :D)

Re:correct solution (that will never fly)... (1)

smash (1351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857672)

As a side-effect, this would no doubt deter other country's businesses etc from simply registering .com, .org or .net domains because the domain rego is cheaper and it's "country-ambiguous"... (yes, I own .net and .org domains and i'm in australia. if it was going to have to be .com.us or whateever, I probably wouldn't be using up your precious US namespace :D)

By this, I mean registering US-based .com.us or .net.us domains may not be as attractive, because they would indicate that the company in question is USA based as opposed to being simply ambiguous... should use preview more often :D

Re:correct solution (that will never fly)... (3, Insightful)

Ididerus (898803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857751)

why do we even have "country" codes? isn't the whole point of the internet to connect the world? where does politcal and geographic lines come into play here? cnn.com and cnn.co.uk should be the same site with different localization options available for users.

Re:correct solution (that will never fly)... (3, Interesting)

khallow (566160) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857805)

The problem is that .com isn't just US companies. And having domains by country isn't that useful. Given that you use .net and .org domains and aren't US-based, I'd have thought you'd understand this.

I gather that the Cameron business is pretty serious. My take is that if all else fails, *.cm addresses can simply be blocked at the root DNS level till the .cm admins comply by removing the wildcard DNS entry.

Re:correct solution (that will never fly)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857818)

I like this idea of .com becomes .com.us because it also fulfills my goal of rendering all hyperlinks on pages created before the switch useless. I mean, I was totally tired of them.

How long until... (3, Funny)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857669)

...the Nigerian scammers get wind of this, and move? I mean, it's right next door!

Lets invade Cameroon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857671)

This sort of thing is an attack on the Internet itself! Remember, an attack on the Internet is an Attack on the United States of America!

Their provocations have gone too far. I reckon a half dozen Slashdotters can push this on enough blogs that soon Faux will hear it, and Chenney and buddies will have Haliburton and those guys in green landing on the beach in no time.

Whaddya say Slashdotters? Can we get a country invaded?

Ctrl+Enter (3, Informative)

IceCreamGuy (904648) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857694)

I seriously don't think I've actually typed out "www." or ".com" in at least 4 years. Just type website then Ctrl+Enter and Firefox and IE add it for you. I don't think Safari, Nautilus, or Konqueror do it by default but I might be wrong. But if you're using Firefox, it's so much easier. There's also Shift+Enter for ".net" and Ctrl+Shift+Enter for ".org".

who cares (4, Insightful)

no-body (127863) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857695)

There are so many missdirects on search results anyway, if it's not the right one, just delete the browser tab and move on.

"Dummy page" for unregistered domains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857706)

That's what they have, a massive "404" if you will.

http://www.aifd9fwejrwpiu34ijlicsa.cm/ [aifd9fwejr...ijlicsa.cm] for example, an unregistered .com domain name.

.nu has been doing the same thing for ages, see http://www.aifd9fwejrwpiu34ijlicsa.nu/ [aifd9fwejr...ijlicsa.nu] - but, ok, they are a little more discrete with the ads and make it clear that the domain name is available.

GOOD GOING NIGGERS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857711)

way to be neighborly you worthless pricks

i guess you'll be stealing our cars next, too?

Worst. Typo. Ever. (0, Redundant)

Ethan Allison (904983) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857734)

It's .cm guys, not .com!

DNS (1)

hpavc (129350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857741)

so how does an admin cname all of .cm to .com?

workaround (1)

njet (189864) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857764)

if you use bind put this in options:

root-delegation-only exclude { "DE"; "MUSEUM"; "LV"; "US";};

Once upon a time... (4, Insightful)

rmckeethen (130580) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857766)

I might have cared passionately about something like this. Now, I have more faith -- the Internet tends to route around folks with bad manners. This isn't the first time someone's come up with a grandiose plan to corner the market on user error and I doubt it will be the last. If Cameroon pisses off or annoys enough people with a stunt like this, I suspect someone, somewhere will do something about it. At the moment, there's not much more I can do than whine and complain, and I just don't see that it serves a useful purpose to do so.

If any one of the geniuses who dreamed up this little scheme happens to read this message, than I've got just one thing to say to them -- good luck. Maybe it will work out for you... and than again, maybe it won't. Regardless, if you could tell those Nigerian bankers to stop sending me letters asking for my help with fraudulent transactions, I'd surely appreciate it.

More concerned with domain name squatting (2, Interesting)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857767)

Considering it's only the .cm domain that's being polluted, this problem doesn't really bother me that much. On the other hand, the mass registration of domain names under the .com TLD for the purposes of advertising or resale is a much more significant problem. Most of the domain names I've tried to register have already been registered for such purposes. I'd rather see that situation fixed than the .cm typosquatting issue.

Complain form (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857769)

Re:Complain form (1)

Squigley (213068) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857786)

I've heard of a squatter, but what's a squater?

Also, I believe it would be a complaint form, not a complain form.

missed opportunity (1)

NoGuffCheck (746638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857783)

Instead of directing to traffic to crappy ad-supported search tool, I would have sacrificed the .01 cameroonian peso for each clickthrough and redirect to a government tourism page. check out or [camtours.org] tourisme.cm [tourisme.cm] ... the country looks amazing.

use google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857790)

For a long time I ve written all addresses partially in the Google searchbar. Takes care of all (mostly) spelling errors and protects from scams like this.
Anders Eg

Ah... time to crontab wget again (5, Funny)

MrPerfekt (414248) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857802)

Once every 5 minutes I think I'll be hitting www.youcontributenothingtotheinternet.cm!

Company behind it (5, Informative)

rf0 (159958) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857804)

Looking at this is appears that a company called "NameView Inc" is supplying the ads from the IP block 72.51.27.0 - 72.51.27.255 http://www.nameview.com/ [nameview.com]

Prehaps calling them on +1 (309) 424-5497 might help to say what a bad idea this is or we can just block the IP range (which is now what I'm going to do)

Brilliant PR (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857823)

I dare say that Africa is the most ignored continent. I must admit that I know very little about it, but what I do know is both interesting (armchair history) and really fscked up (Muslim fundies, civil war, extreme poverty).

So by adding one wildcard, Cameroon suddenly manages to get a good portion of the geek internet and maybe a few blurbs on the normal internet paying attention to it. Brilliant.

Did we just slashdot a country?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15857835)

I can't get an invalid .cm domain to resolve to anything, and valid sites are abnormally slow - even for an African country.

Don't count other people's money (1)

Shohat (959481) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857836)

It benefits the advertisers , it benefits the country , and it doesn't cost me a dime . While is this a bad move ?

BIND has a quick fix for this (5, Informative)

sa3 (628661) | more than 8 years ago | (#15857840)

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;google.cm. IN A
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 6369
;; ANSWER SECTION:
google.cm. 518 IN A 72.51.27.58
zone "cm" IN { type delegation-only; };
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;google.cm. IN A
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 12264
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