Examples of typosquatting
is a victim of typosquatting: en.wiipedia.org, en.wikpedia.org,
www.eikipedia.org, www.wilipedia.org, en.wikipedi.org,
en.wikipediia.org, www.wikipedi.com and www.wikipaedia.org as of 2007, are all websites which contain pop-up ads, spyware/adware downloads, and ad-generating search engines.
- A related gambit is obtaining "800" numbers that correspond to misspellings; a good illustration is AT&T's sudden abandonment of "1-800-OPERATOR" and replacing it with "1-800-CALL-ATT". Many callers would misspell operator, thus MCI Communications
was raking in a lot of business with "1-800-OPERATER", reaping the
benefits of AT&T's advertising. (In both numbers, the final "R" is
- The National Austrian Public Service Broadcaster "ORF"
was typosquatted by 0rf.at
a net art site.
- Google's anti-typosquatting defense is incomplete; as of April 2006, "http://www.goggle.com" redirects to a rogue software vendor rather than to Google. The site attempts to spam
users with a popup and foist an executable download upon them without
any further user action. Also www.googl.com is another similarly named
website with a search engine.
- Apparently people at gni.org are "typosquatting" Savannah, since there is an SSH server running at savannah.gni.org.
- The US White House site "whitehouse.gov" is parodied at whitehouse.org; whitehouse.com at one point was the site of a notorious pornographic magazine
- The "encyclopedia.com" site is typosquatted by "uncyclopedia.com", an advertisement. This site is not related in any way to uncyclopedia.org or uncyclopedia.info, a parody site.
- The New Zealand auction site TradeMe
is parodied at tardme.co.nz
- The Portuguese language Wikipédia (pt.wikipedia.org) is parodied at pt.wíkipedia.org - the only visible difference in the domain name being a misplaced accent
on the first «í». An attempt to access «wikipédia.org» with the accent
in its correct position for that language returns only advertisements.
- ISP subdomain redirect -- http://doesnotexist.google.com/
when served through Charter DNS services yields the redirected url: http://www11.charter.net/search?qo=doesnotexist.google.com
. Note: The first link is to a non-existent google subdomain as an
example. If you don't use Charter DNS services, the first link may look
very different. If you see a clean 404 without ads, your ISP's DNS
servers (or your browser) is likely not set to redirect subdomains. If
you see ads or a redirect to a search page, your ISP DNS servers are
(or your computer is) set to redirect subdomains.