Feeds

Cybersquatter targets Toys R Us

Is this the acceptable face of the practice

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Software developer Richard Warr has taken a dispute with toy store Toys 'R' Us onto the Internet by registering the domain name toys-r-us.co.uk and putting up a site to air his grievance. Warr says he is angry over the "callous attitude of staff at the Toys R Us store in Stevenage towards a senior citizen" concerning a faulty PlayStation. The site, however, is genteel and holds only two links. One to his email address (for the toy store's management to reply to) and a second to the store's actual Web site (although it is prefaced by the phrase "to be honest I think you'd be better off shopping elsewhere, but click here to go there if you must"). Cybersquatting has made a bad name for itself, mostly through porn sites or demonstrators taking names very similar to recognised brands. The US has gone so far as to make the practice illegal. But Warr's action clearly demonstrates the democratic use that the Internet can be put to. Last week, a ticket salesman made the news when he revealed he had made hundreds of pounds selling domain names similar to big companies. But while there are many tales of companies paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for overlooked names, Alex Nelson charged piddly amounts. Perhaps then that is the answer - companies don't mind as long as they don't have to pay anything more than petty cash. Related items: Other Register cybersquatting stories toys-r-us.co.uk

New hybrid storage solutions

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.