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The Cybersecurity 202: Internet domain names are ripe for scam during coronavirus crisis

Tonya Riley

Published: September 8, 2020

Publication: Washington Post

Companies including GoDaddy are making it easy for criminals to scoop up websites for dangerous coronavirus scams, researchers say.

The domain registrars have done little to prevent the sale of dozens of Internet domains with the potential to spread hoaxes related to covid-19, a three-month investigation by the consumer watchdog group Digital Citizens Alliance found. Scammers could use these websites to disseminate false information about the pandemic that could result in things like identity theft and the distribution of fake or unauthorized medications, consumer advocates say.

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