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September 04, 2018, 07:50:05 AM
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Also, wasn't the forum changing every mention to https://bitcointalk.to to https://bitcointalk.org ? What changed?
I don't know if it did in the past, but it doesn't change the link now.

Is it possible for bitcointalk.org to purchase the domain to avoid getting phished?
That would give a great incentive to scammers to register many more phishing sites.

It's already wordfiltered, just in a different way than sites that are 100% clear phishing.
I can't figure out how it's filtered. See the link quoted above.

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September 04, 2018, 10:08:09 AM
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I don't think that domain is making an active effort to trick people into giving any kind of personal information. If you have evidence this site is trying to obtain some personal information via deception, you should post said evidence.

Bitcointalk.to appears to be a mirror of some sort, similar to the many other mirrors that are out there. Mirrors are useful in that they give people behind things like the GFW additional ways to access the forum, and its free flow of information.
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Just the fact that the captcha doesn't work in the login page kinda "proves" that phishing isn't the main focus of the website. In fact, maybe they don't even record logins (just don't try to login, maybe they do).

Also, wasn't the forum changing every mention to https://bitcointalk.to to https://bitcointalk.org ? What changed?

Maybe they're just trying to leech traffic for whatever reason. Their plan might be to sell it at some point or monetise it (is there any ads on that site?). I clicked on a mirror a while back and it had a pop up advert so that's one way they might choose to monetise mirroring this board.

I don't think that domain is making an active effort to trick people into giving any kind of personal information. If you have evidence this site is trying to obtain some personal information via deception, you should post said evidence.

Bitcointalk.to appears to be a mirror of some sort, similar to the many other mirrors that are out there. Mirrors are useful in that they give people behind things like the GFW additional ways to access the forum, and its free flow of information.

Is it possible for bitcointalk.org to purchase the domain to avoid getting phished? Or it will costs a fortune if you will buy another domain just for this reason?

This would be akin to paying ransoms. If you pay one then once people realise you cough up for such things others would then start doing it (or the same party does it again in the hope you'll keep paying them). If you purchased this domain, then people will just start using others like bitcointalk.ch, bitcointalk.jp and so on and then you have to keep buying them or buy all the possible similar domains you can as a preemptive measure and it just never ends.  It would be much easier to just try police them as they pop up by filtering them out etc. Not perfect by any means but better than playing cat and mouse with unscrupulous individuals who are looking to extort you.

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September 04, 2018, 01:50:27 PM
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I’m sure most mirrors sell ads or otherwise monetize their site.

This is also true for nearly every other website on the internet.

There are probably too many mirrors and potential domains with similar spellings to bitcointalk for it to make sense to buy them. It would probably make sense to register unused domains though, especially considering how much money the forum is swimming in.

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