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    Wednesday, September 03, 2003

    NEW YORK — Federal agents Wednesday arrested a man they say runs Web sites that exploit misspellings by computer users to direct children looking for Disneyland or the Teletubbies to explicit sex instead.

    Officials said it was the first prosecution in the nation under a provision of the new Amber Alert legislation (search) that makes it a crime to use a misleading Web address to draw children to pornography. The provision calls for a prison sentence of up to four years.

    John Zuccarini, 53, was arrested at a motel in Hollywood, Fla., where authorities believe he had been living for months.

    Zuccarini registered thousands of Internet addresses and was earning up to $1 million per year off them -- much of it from sex sites that paid him when he sent Web users their way, U.S. Attorney James Comey said.

    The trick: Zuccarini used real, popular Web addresses, but with omitted or transposed letters, officials say. Computer users who misspelled or mistyped a Web address often ended up in a porn site instead.

    Zuccarini used the technique to trap Web surfers trying to log on to sites for pop star Britney Spears (search), Disneyland and Teletubbies (search) children's characters, among others, according to court papers.

    Once there, Web users often encountered a maze of pop-up advertising called "mousetrapping," which sends up even more ads when surfers click the "back" button on their browser or try to close the windows altogether.

    "Few of us could imagine there was someone out there in cyberspace, essentially reaching out by hand to take children to the seediest corners of the Internet," Comey said.

    Zuccarini was ordered held without bail Wednesday by a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was due in court again Friday, when an attorney was expected to be appointed for him.

    Authorities in New York said they may ask for his return to face prosecution there.

    Last year Zuccarini was ordered to stop the scheme after the Federal Trade Commission sued him for registering misspelled variations of sites for the Backstreet Boys, Victoria's Secret and The Wall Street Journal.

    And companies whose names were exploited have filed dozens of complaints with regulators and the oversight body that doles out Internet addresses.

    The FTC said Zuccarini has lost 53 state and federal lawsuits and has had about 200 Web addresses taken from him.

    Federal agents were investigating Zuccarini as early as 1999. "I am not aware of others who have done it on the scale of Zuccarini," said Marc M. Groman, an attorney in the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

    About time the police worldwide get after the spammers -porn peddlers and the computer virus writers. Seems a second perp for a virus got arrested today in Romania facing 15 years in prison for MsBlaster-F

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    "Federal agents Wednesday arrested a man they say runs Web sites that exploit misspellings by computer users to direct children looking for Disneyland or the Teletubbies to explicit sex instead."


    It is a sad fact of life, and it is one of the reasons why we will not let our 9 year old on the internet. Even supervised it is easy for her to find unsuitable sites without even trying.
    These people should be shot

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    Oh yeah they're gonna love him in prison. In the purely physical sense of the word though.

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    There are people out there that would have the FBI get out of policing the Internet for possible crime. How sad for them.

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    One less porn peddler. Others will simply take his place.
    But is the right step to take and it sends the right signal to the rest of them...

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Irma:
    One less porn peddler. Others will simply take his place.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Sigh. Porn is NOT illegal.

    Misdirecting child surfers to porn IS (now).

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>But is the right step to take and it sends the right signal to the rest of them...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Hopefully the ones putting porn sites on non-porn-related names will get a jolt. Hopefully.

    Hopefully, you won't be the one deciding what me and my friends can look at on the Internet.

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    Should we take up a collection to buy him a soap-on-a-rope stash. Something that smells of lilacs should work and add in a get well soon ABW greeting card.

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    Now what is the point in directing children to porn sites? They don't have credit cards. He was getting paid to send junk traffic to porn sites. Seems he is a scum bag no matter how you look at it.

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    A weird thought here, the Backstreet Boys is musical porn. As well as Brittney Spears. Although Brittney is porn by herself. Those who go to her web site go for the porn.
    Three 16 y.o girls in a local high school are pregnant, and that's not from seeing something on the Internet. It's probably a result of watching the Teletubbies and Disney cartoons, and dreaming they were Brittney.
    Probably Zuccarini is a product of the Teletubbies too.

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