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October 25, 2006

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I've heard many stories about government offices or insurance companies listing the wrong toll-free number and callers reaching a telephone sex line instead. I even once had a friend who got a personal 1-800 number only to be shocked to receive calls from people who apparently thought that he too was phone sex operator. High demand had caused the digits to be reassigned too quickly.

I've also written about the "hijacking" of domains by some porn sites when for example, a non-profit organization such as the Utah Home Education Association forgot to renew its web address. The purpose of that move seemed somewhat strange to me, since I wasn't sure how much accidental traffic would actually convert to subscribers through that kind of scam.

I didn't picture moms who home school suddenly downloading porn just because they reached smut instead of a list of lesson plans. It didn't make any more sense than someone calling about health insurance but accidentally using a phone sex number and then suddenly deciding to talk dirty instead of figuring out whether that lifesaving prescription was going to be covered.

However, today in The Local - Sweden's News in English (10/23/06), I read of a scheme that might just seem to make a little more sense as far as stealing an audience from a government site. However, maybe if someone slightly down on his luck with time on his hands was redirected to porn, he might say, "What the fuck, I've nothing better to do."

In this case, the domain didn't expire but instead Swedish Social Insurance Administration known in Swedish as Forsakringskassan (with a pair of dots over the 'o' and the 'a') accidentally didn't have the accented version of their web address secured before recent changes allowed URLs to use correct Swedish characters.

The II Foundation that oversees all registrations in the .se domain, accidentally cancelled the correctly spelt government domain forsakringskassan.se instead of the misspelled missing one 's' forsakringskasan.se, the government didn't want anymore, so the porn site scooped it up.

For once, government bureaucracy didn't screw up. Maybe that's why it's fixed already.

Posted by Will Peters at October 25, 2006 1:22 AM

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