Feeds

US porn typosquatter banged up

30 months' jail under Amber Alert law

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

A Florida man who directed children to pornographic websites by registering misspellings of domains likely to be popular with kids was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years yesterday.

John Zuccarini, 56, of Hollywood in Florida, pleaded guilty in December to 49 charges under the newly-enacted Amber Alert law - a federal statute which makes it a crime to lure children onto X-rated sites. Zuccarini is the first offender to fall foul of the new legislation.

Zuccarini also pleaded guilty to a single charge of possessing child pornography.

The typosquatting Zuccarini registered domains which commonly redirected surfers to porno sites. These reportedly paid him between 10 and 25 cents for every visitor he brought in. He registered approximately 3,000 names, most of which were designed to pick up youngsters who'd got lost on the Web looking for Disneyland, Britney Spears, the Teletubbies, etc.

Prosecutors estimate Zuccarini pocketed around $1 million from the ploy prior to his arrest last September. Apparently, the trick was particularly effective because kids are more likely to misspell names than adults. ®

Related Stories

Typosquatter pleads guilty to luring kids to porn sites
World's most notorious cybersquatter arrested

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.