In the 1990’s there were hoards of cyber-squatters who bought up domain names they hoped to re-sell for a profit. They would apply for and buy domain names like ABC Plumbing, Acme Construction, etc. in hopes of selling them to companies with those names for a tidy profit.
In the case of ObamaCare, cyber-squatters are more devious. They have created websites with names playing off of ObamaCare or Healthcare.gov, etc. making it likely that some Americans will mistakenly hand over private information to unknown third-parties.
For instance, there is a website www.obama-care.us that brands itself as part of the "ObamaCare enrollment team," directs people to an "ObamaCare enrollment form" and asks users for their name, address, Social Security number and other contact information. According to a counter at the bottom of the page, more than 3,000 people have visited obama-care.us.
This website does not actually enable people to enroll in ObamaCare. It was registered with GoDaddy.com on Sept. 2, less than a month before the official launch of the health care exchange websites, according to who.is, a website that provides information on internet domains and their owners.
This and similar sites can trick people into thinking they are dealing with an official ObamaCare site and get sensitive data from unsuspecting healthcare shoppers.
A legitimate website established in 1994 goes by the name "healthcare.com"—exactly the same as the website for the federal health care exchange, except that the official site ends with a dot-gov suffix.
That raises the question of why federal officials chose a URL of such similarity to an existing health-related web site.
To prevent cyber-squatting, professional website owners typically purchase domain names that are similar to their main page.
Not only did the administration not purchase similar domain names, they named the ObamaCare site after a website in existence sine 1994. The only difference is the 1994 site ends in .com and the ObamaCare site ends in .gov.
The unprofessionalism and naiveté of the Obama administration is breathtaking!