The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Is the U.S. Army typo-squatting? Turns out no.

One of my favorite viral things on the internet is the "213 Things Skippy Is No Longer Allowed To Do In The U.S. Army" list. (My favorite: #87. If the thought of something makes me giggle for longer than 15 seconds, I am to assume that I am not allowed to do it.)

Actually, just read the list, then come back.

OK, you're back? Good. Anyway, as I was saying, the list became so popular that Specialist Schwarz wound up creating a domain name and a blog for it. The domain name is

Imagine my annoyance a few days ago when I typed "" (missing 's') and found myself redirected to what looked like an Army recruiting page. I was originally going to title this article "Is the Army typo-squatting?", but a little more research showed that the domain is registered to a domain squatter called "Navigation Catalyst Systems, Inc". Sometimes the page redirects to which seems to be in the business of selling services to military people, and sometimes it redirects to a generic link-spamming page.

This has been observed elsewhere as well — it was brought up in a radio interview a few days ago, as mentioned in Skippy's blog.


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