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'Cybersquatters' seize domain names linked to Pope Francis

March 15, 2013

Since the election of Pope Francis, "cybersquatters" have snapped up domain names that resembled the new Pontiff's name.

Within hours after the announcement of the new Pope's identity, internet domains were newly registered for:

  •, and

None of these domain names was registered by the Vatican.

Interestingly, the domain name "" had already been registerd in 2010--again, not by the Vatican.


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