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Cybersquatter jailed for seven years after prison break

Kevin Murphy, April 20, 2015, 17:13:39 (UTC), Domain Policy

Fraudster Neil Moore, who escaped from prison by cybersquatting, has reportedly been handed a seven-year sentence by a British court.

As we reported last month, Moore escaped from Wandsworth prison merely by sending an email ordering his release from an hmcts-gsi-gov.org.uk email address.

He’d registered the name, a typo of the genuine hmcts.gsi.gov.uk used by the UK court service, on a smuggled smartphone.

He was being held on remand for an unrelated fraud at the time.

Today’s sentencing follows Moore pleading guilty to eight counts of fraud (it doesn’t seem those were related to cybersquatting) and one count of wrongful escape from custody.

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Comments (5)

  1. Acro says:

    They should give him credit for best escape ever; cyberescapist .com is also available. 😛

  2. Nick V says:

    That is freakin’ AWESOME!

  3. Not really a cybersquatter but it was a great escape!
    I think that copycats are soon to come.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      Typosquatting is a subset of cybersquatting in my view. You can lose a UDRP with a typo of a trademark, right?

      • Yes it is a subset.

        On the UDRP part, it actually depends. If you have micrsoft.com you will lose. But if you have aple.com you might win.

        My point is that registering a domain was simply means to commit fraud and escape. He used it once and dump it.

        The title implies that he was a convicted cybersquatter that escaped.

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