I always thought that the reason for snatching up any domain names that might be confused with the one your company is using was to avoid "cybersquatting," or perhaps to avoid losing website visitors or even customers to a competitor trying to piggyback on your name. And while those are valid reasons, another potentially more damaging reason has now emerged: "doppelganger" domain names that are set up in order to steal emails that are supposed to be going to employees at your law firm or company. Threat Level reported this week on a law firm -- Gioconda Law Group -- that was the alleged victim of such tactics. In a recently filed lawsuit, Gioconda Law Group alleges that a defendant named Arthur Kenzie registered a "doppelganger domain," GiocondoLaw.com (note the slight difference in spelling), "that is designed to catch email that is intended for the law firmís domain ... if senders mistype the address." The law firm's complaint asserts claims of cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unlawful interception of a law firm's private electronic communications, and seeks $1 million in damages. According to an article from September 2011 on the topic, someone who wants to intercept emails can register a doppelganger...

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