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Holy Cybersquatting: Oops, There Went My Papal Domain Name!

His Holiness is not the first high-profile world leader to forget about his domain name

According to a statement released today by Stephen Ewart, Marketing Manager for names.co.uk, over 600 new domains were registered within hours of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's anointment as the Head of the Catholic Church. But His Holiness is not the first high-profile world leader to forget about his domain name.



The loss of key domains surrounding newly elected Pope Francis I on his first day of Papal duties could "spark a bidding war" suggested Ewart. "No sooner had the white smoke billowed from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel than cheeky cybersquatters from Ireland had began registering key domain names connected to Pope Francis I," he said.

The 600+ domains registered within hours of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's anointment as Pontiff include:

Ewart noted that Argentina's permeation, Popefrancis.ar.com, is, however, still available.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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