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Typo-Squatting: The Curse'' of Popularity

Linari, Alessandro and Mitchell, Faye and Duce, David and Morris, Stephen (2009) Typo-Squatting: The Curse'' of Popularity. In: Proceedings of the WebSci'09: Society On-Line, 18-20 March 2009, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

Typo-squatting is the practice of registering a domain name with the intent to confuse it with the name of a trademark or a famous other domain name. In this paper we study typo-squatting from a statistical point of view. We introduce the concepts of syntactic and visual neighbourhoods of a domain name as the sets of all other domain names which are, respectively, syntactically or visually similar to the original domain. The results of our preliminary experiments on the '.co.uk' registry show a strong correlation between the popularity of a domain name and the size of its syntactical and visual neighbourhoods. This suggests the size of the neighbourhood can be used as a reliable indicator for the likelihood of being typo-squatted. We conclude the paper with a brief discussion of the implications of our work in the field of online digital identities.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:typosquatting, cybercrime, security, online identity
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2009
ID Code:187
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:24 Jan 2009 08:45
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:39

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