Boston Marathon Blasts See Cybersquatters Exploit Tragedy

The two bombs exploding seconds apart, creating a bloody chaotic scene near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today has seen cybersquatters quickly exploit the tragedy.Within half an hour the domains BostonBombing.com, BostonBombing.net, BostonBombing.org, BostonBombing.us and BostonBombing.info were all registered according to Domainer Income and within an hour there were over 125 domains registered relating to the blasts.While a few of these domains are possibly going to be used for genuine charitable or other efforts, the majority are destined to be used as scam-related websites.Scam websites set up using the domain names may be for fraudulent charitable websites or provide links to malware-infected sites.In addition to the domain registrations, a number of Twitter accounts were also registered according to a report on the San Francisco Chronicle website. One registered less than an hour after the blasts saw a Twitter message from “@_BostonMarathon” being retweeted. The scam message said:
“For every retweet we receive we will donate $1.00 to the #BostonMarathon victims #PrayForBoston.”The Chronicle report noted “Twitter has suspended that account, but sadly, the same tweet was still being blindly retweeted.”