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Govt: Fake Web Site Registrations Churn Online Fraud

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report Wednesday that points to a serious problem that is contributing to the proliferation of fraudulent phishing and scam Web sites — the relative lack of any real policing by the domain-name registrars of the data people must submit to register a new Web site. GAO estimated that 2.31 million domain names (or slightly more than 5 percent of all currently registered Web site names in the .com, .net, and .org top level domains) have been registered with false data. The agency found another 1.64 million domains that were registered with incomplete data. Full Story

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