Cyber Squatting is a practice where some people register popular domain names or small typographic variations thereof with the object of attracting visitors. Some times it may be harmless to the visitor since the purpose may be to only generate advertisement revenue out of such stray visitors. But there is a potential risk of the site being misused for gathering personal information of visitors.
We have recently come across two websites iaadhar.com and iaadhaar.com both being “Confusingly similar” to the Government of India project of issuing Aadhar cards through UID authoity of India (UIDAI).
Both these sites are not related officially to UIDAI. Though the site iaadhaar.com provides information about the aadhaar registration process only and also provides a disclaimer, the iaadhar.com site is presently only a domain parking site.
It is necessary for the public not to misunderstand these as the official sites and part with any sensitive information about them. UIDAI is however is using a sub domain http://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in.
It is to address situations like these that naavi had way back in 2000 introduced a service which is still available at www.lookalikes.in.
It is preferable for UIDAI to place a possible disclaimer in its own site so that public are not at any time in future be misguided with cyber squatters resulting in identity thefts.