Online Porn Scammer Zuccarini Finally Arrested
from the there-you-are... dept
John Zuccarini has finally been caught. If you hadn't been following the case, this is the guy who would register typo domain names, which would then lead people to porn sites. Even worse, it would use never ending pop ups and mouse-trapping to make it pretty damn difficult to get away from the porn sites as more and more would keep on opening. Zuccarini, however, has been something of a disappearing man. When originally arrested he simply refused to give an address, leading to an amusing exchange where he always answers the questions being asked to him without admitting to where he lives (the original link is now gone, but thanks to the web archive you can still read the transcript). Later, the FTC ordered Zuccarini's websites to be taken offline and that he be fined $1.9 million. Of course, he kept claiming that these did not effect him as he was never properly informed about them - because no one could actually find him. Well, they've found him now. He was arrested this morning in Hollywood. The arrest, though, is on slightly more serious charges than cybersquatting. He's being charged with "enticing children to pornography" with his thousands upon thousands of typo domains. This is the first case under the controversial new law saying that it's illegal to use "misleading" domain names to point to porn.