Online porn vendor brought to trial
September 8, 2003 at 8:25 PM ET
Wizard News (via 1010 WINS)
John Zucarrini recently was brought to court for several criminal online offenses, the most glaring of which was his registration of more than 10,000 look-alike website addresses to direct unwary users (mainly children) to hardcore pornographic sites. One site mentioned in in the more than 100 lawsuits leveled against him? - "www.harrypottor.com"
The erroneous spelling of "HarryPottor.com" is not my fault, of course - this was one website Zucarrini registered to lure visitors to unwanted porn.
Zuccarini, 53, was arrested Wednesday after his e-mail was tracked to a telephone at an oceanfront hotel in Hollywood, Fla., where he had been living for 10 months. He is being held without bail after waiving his right to a hearing but can raise the issue again in New York.
He allegedly registered thousands of Internet domain names and was earning up to $1 million a year, mainly from pay-per-hit deals, according to federal prosecutors in New York.
Computer users who transposed letters or misspelled a site address could end up seeing pornography instead of Web sites for Disneyland, Teletubbies, Bob the Builder, Britney Spears, Scooby-Doo, Dragonball Z and others.
At a court hearing more than three years ago, he admitted registering more than 3,000 Internet domain names. One was harrypottor.com. Others played on the Digimon and Playstation names.