New .VOTE Domain Will Help Prevent Political Cybersquatting
A political campaign’s digital operation is becoming ever more-important to campaign success. However, the Internet remains the wild, wild, west, where unscrupulous opponents and scammers try to take advantage of every opportunity to mislead.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the proliferation of “cybersquatting” web sites that register dozens of web addresses related to an opponent or interest group. Unsuspecting web surfers assume a site belongs to a candidate, party, or campaign committee, but when they click on the address they get negative information about the candidate, or pitches to buy a completely unrelated product.
Cybersquatting has become a political tactic used by many unscrupulous businesses, candidates and interest groups.