An internet firm that registers website domain names says it will combat coronavirus-related fraud by ending automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the COVID-19 pandemicBy FRANK BAJAK AP Technology WriterMarch 26, 2020, 10:25 PM4 min readBOSTON — An internet firm is ending the automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, an attempt to combat coronavirus-related fraud. Los Angeles-based Namecheap Inc. made the pledge after a federal judge in Texas ordered the takedown of a website the U.S. Department of Justice accused of stealing credit card information while offering fake coronavirus vaccine kits. The website allegedly offered what it claimed were World Health Organization vaccine kits in exchange for a $4.95 “shipping charge.” There is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Experts say it will take 12 to 18 months to develop one. The DOJ said the site, coronoavirusmedicalkit.com, was harvesting credit card information. The site registered that domain with Namecheap. Its unknown owners were listed as “John Doe” in court papers and could not be reached for comment. A Panama phone number listed on its registry was disconnected. Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall said


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