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Seven Months' Worth of Mistakes: A Longitudinal Study of Typosquatting Abuse

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Seven Months' Worth of Mistakes: A Longitudinal Study of Typosquatting Abuse
—Typosquatting is the act of purposefully registering a domain name that is a mistype of a popular domain name. It is a concept that has been known and studied for over 15 years, yet still thoroughly practiced up until this day. While previous typosquatting studies have always taken a snapshot of the typosquatting landscape or base their longitudinal results only on domain registration data, we present the first contentbased, longitudinal study of typosquatting. We collected data about the typosquatting domains of the 500 most popular sites of the Internet every day, for a period of seven months, and we use this data to establish whether previously discovered typosquatting trends still hold today, and to provide new results and insights in the typosquatting landscape. In particular we reveal that, even though 95% of the popular domains we investigated are actively targeted by typosquatters, only few trademark owners protect themselves against this practice by proactively registering...
Pieter Agten, Wouter Joosen, Frank Piessens, Nick
Added 15 Apr 2016
Updated 15 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2015
Where NDSS
Authors Pieter Agten, Wouter Joosen, Frank Piessens, Nick Nikiforakis
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