Cable provider latest ISP to hijack typo traffic.
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has introduced a “Domain Helper service”, which redirects web address typos to a page featuring pay-per-click advertisements. The pages also include a link to a web site that may be what you were originally looking for and organic search results.
The service is very similar to what ISPs such as Verizon and Time Warner, and computer manufacturers such as Dell and Gateway have instituted. The services are akin to typosquatting, but ISPs tend to rationalize them by saying they help customers find what they’re looking for and that customers can opt-out.
In comments submitted to ICANN regarding Implementation Recommendation Team proposals to combat cybersquatting, some commentors including eNom called out Verizon for its apparent hypocrisy. Both Verizon and Dell are members of Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse. Verizon was sued over the scheme in response to a lawsuit Verizon itself filed against a typosquatter.
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