This isn’t cyberscamming

Instead of discovering information about Harry and Meghan’s charitable aims, they were diverted to a YouTube video for the song Gold Digger by the American rapper Kanye West.

The royal couple, it appeared, were the latest to fall victim to hackers known as “cybersquatters”, who, after learning about their plans, had quickly bought up the website www.archewellfoundation.com.

That’s a rather fun joke.

A source close to the Sussexes pointed out that the new Archewell venture is “not a foundation” and subsequently, will not be called the “Archewell Foundation”. They added that the couple could not buy “every formation” of possible websites. It means that the couple may have fallen victim to another scam that involves the registration of slightly different domain names that rely on people entering a typo or getting the website name slightly wrong.

Jake Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at ESET, an internet security company, said: “A typical trait of cybercriminals

It’s not a scam nor a criminal activity. If you pretend to be the real thing then of course that’s passing off. But just picking up the traffic of people who mispsell something isn’t either a scam nor crime.

14 thoughts on “This isn’t cyberscamming”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ They added that the couple could not buy “every formation” of possible websites”

    They added that the couple could not buy “every formation” of possible websites

    As they know now they could and should. Maybe not the more esoteric ones but definitely the obvious ones. There’s even companies that do it on your behalf.

  2. The scam begins when you send fundraising emails. “Click here to donate to Harry & Meghan’s Archewell Foundation”, and the link takes you to the fake site. Could be quite profitable, if you manage to sucker a few big corporate sponsors.

  3. I know someone who registered a series of domain names some 20 years ago, which were similar to government sites.

    The government took him to court and demonstrated that web traffic & emails were being directed towards his domains rather than the state ones, and claimed the names were chosen to do precisely that.

    The court found he was acting in ‘bad faith’ and upheld the complaint.

  4. Tim is correct, not a crime.

    Otoh… on what legal basis is The Con Artist Formerly Known As Prince living in the USA? He’s not a Yank citizen and isn’t a diplomat.

    How hilarious, on a scale of 1 to Prince Andrew, would it be if he’s deported?

  5. How hilarious, on a scale of 1 to Prince Andrew, would it be if he’s deported?

    Realistically, the Don wouldn’t do that to her Maj. My storyboard says that he’s quietly asked to leave the US while her Megjasty stays in LA to relaunch (ha!) her career. Many times.

    Meanwhile the sprog is berthed with his maternal granny who brings him up till he leaves home to set up a fast food franchise.

  6. ‘A source close to the Sussexes pointed out’

    Groupie?
    Lawyer?
    ABC reporter?

    A source close to Gamecock asked when he will get paid for being a source close to Gamecock. Gamecock said he can’t afford to pay him. I’m surprised the ‘Sussexes’ can.

  7. TMB: they’ll find a way to give him an entertainer visa. After all watching the mis-steps and general wallying about is quite entertaining.

  8. They added that the couple could not buy “every formation” of possible websites.

    Well, actually, they could. And anyone even the slightest bit competent would have told them that they need to. To avoid PR hits like this one at the least.

  9. The Meissen Bison

    TG – that might work but don’t you think that Harry failing to be financially independent in the US would be demeaning to the Royals, certainly, but also embarassing to the US if it persists.

    This game of princely pass-the-parcel can only have one conclusion and Canada has given us an inkling of how it will end. Maybe Lesotho will take him in?

  10. Steve said:
    “… on what legal basis is The Con Artist Formerly Known As Prince living in the USA? He’s not a Yank citizen and isn’t a diplomat.”

    Isn’t his ghastly wife a Yankee citizen? They do have some sort of spouse residency, and I think there’s a provisional permission while the application is processed.

  11. Duke of Sussex, resident Governor of South Georgia

    No electricity, phones, runway – perfect for their private, woke green sustainable lifestyle demands

    We should send all the ‘refugees’ there too

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