Re: IDN spoofing

From: Tom Emerson (
Date: Thu Feb 24 2005 - 09:39:53 CST

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    Cary Karp writes:
    > Particular note should be made of the forum at:

    I especially like this quote:

       "Only Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, and LDH, which all are usually
        used in Japan, are allowed to be used in Japanese JP domain
        name. Characters that are visually similar to ASCII alphabets,
        i.e., Cyrillic character 'a', is not allowed; and thus IDNs that
        are similar-looking to ASCII domain names do not exist under .JP
        "Therefore, it will hardly happen in Japanese JP domain name that
        ill-willed websites use domain names with characters visually
        similar to those used in existing ASCII domain names."

    Since kanji are allowed how long will it take for someone to register
    a domain name containing variant that differs only in a stroke or two?
    I hardly think that restricting 'homographs' to existing ASCII domain
    names insulates them from anything.


    Tom Emerson                                          Basis Technology Corp.
    Software Architect                       
      "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you suck forever"

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