VeriSign Sued Over Typosquatting Plans
from the not-looking-good dept
As VeriSign claims that they’re sticking by their SiteFinder plan to hijack all mistyped internet traffic, a company named Popular Enterprises, which appears to be something of a typosquatter themselves is suing VeriSign for SiteFinder, saying they’re abusing their monopoly position and creating unfair competition for other companies who try to help surfers find their intended destination. The company apparently offers a “smart browsing” tool bar that attempts to help people find their proper destination if they put in a typo. Now, with VeriSign’s hijackings, their business is pretty much useless. Meanwhile, not only are their technical and legal concerns about SiteFinder, privacy advocates say the site is doing some questionable things concerning visitors’ privacy as well. With all this noise, I’m actually surprised that VeriSign hasn’t caved yet.