Google has won a typosquatting battle.
An internet arbitrator has awarded Google the rights to several website addresses that relied on typographical errors to exploit the online search engine's popularity so computer viruses and other malicious software could be unleashed on unsuspecting visitors.
The National Arbitration Forum, a legal alternate to litigating in court, sided with a Google complaint alleging that Sergey Gridasov of St. Petersburg, Russia, had engaged in "typosquatting" by operating websites named googkle.com, ghoogle.com and gooigle.com.
The decision seems to be based on the fact that the misspelled sites were attempting to do harmful things to the computers of visitors. Without the unchallenged malicious intent, there may have been a different outcome.