- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2003

NEW YORK (Agence France-Presse) — A Web site operator was arrested yesterday and charged in a scheme to use common misspellings to direct minors to sex-oriented Internet sites.

John Zuccarini, 53, was arrested in his Hollywood, Fla., hotel room, Justice Department officials said. He was accused of registering sites to capture Internet users who misspelled names in a scheme that officials said earned him as much as $1 million a year.

Mr. Zuccarini is accused of registering at least 3,000 misleading domain names, including misspellings of the Web sites for cartoon shows “Bob The Builder” and “Teletubbies.” Those accessing the misspelled sites were directed to adult-oriented Web sites.

It was the first prosecution under the Truth in Domain Names Act, authorities said.



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