facebok.com smithermman

Googlle.com and Facebok.com and the 2010 Toronto Mayoral Candidates

What are googlle.com and facebok.com (other than a potentially common mistypings of the most popular search engine and social networking sites in the world, Google and Facebook, respectively)?

And why do they redirect to rore.com and afob.com - web sites that host brief surveys about Toronto 2010 mayoral candidates George Smitherman, and Rocco Rossi?

googlle

Why would anyone want to collect information about Toronto-specific politicians by luring in people with sloppy keyboard skills from all over the world? Wouldn't this result in the majority of those surveyed responding "don't know"?

A whois lookup for facebok.com points to a domain registrant in Germany. I've emailed the domain owner a query to find out why his/her site is redirecting to rore.com. Unfortunately rore.com's registration (which points to Vancouver) was made privately and rore.com also blocks archive.org from indexing previous versions of the page.

A privacy proxied formmail and phone voice message have also been sent to the administrative and registration contacts of googlle.com (which has previously redirected to porn and online prescriptions for Viagra) and afob.com but neither have been returned as of yet, so the mystery remains a mystery for now.

So far, all signs point to very weird anony-politico-spam-like behaviour by one or more local domain owners.

Hat tip to tattsjane on Twitter for bringing this to our attention.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Tech

Someone is trying to recreate Speakers' Corner on Instagram

Google wants to build more neighbourhoods of the future in Toronto

Toronto's next massive Apple Store coming to Yonge and Bloor

Toronto startup is like an Uber for tech installation and repairs

Toronto company just launched cheap data roaming plan for travelling internationally

Self-driving cars are now allowed on Ontario streets

Dollarama just launched an online store for all of Canada

50 Toronto podcasts you should be listening to