Michael Gove ‘victim’ of cybersquatting

Michael Gove’s campaign to become the UK Conservative Party’s leader and UK Prime Minister has become the target of cybersquatting.

Mr Gove’s campaign, called “Gove2016“, was followed with someone buying the the domain www.gove2016.co.uk and placing a comic story about the Justice Secretary justifying becoming Prime Minister to the incumbent, David Cameron.

The media have been reporting the story as damaging to the campaign, but Internet trolling expert Jonathan Bishop says the action has little impact in the current age. “With a virtually unlimited number of domain names it makes no difference whether one buys a .co.uk, .com or any other top-level domain,” he said. “Search engines index by popularity and significance, so whatever domain Michael Gove chooses, as soon as the mainstream media start using it then it will be at the top of the search engines.

The domain name gove2016.co.uk was cybersquatted. Experts say it will have little impact.
GOVE IS GONE: The domain name gove2016.co.uk was cybersquatted. Experts say it will have little impact. Courtesy: Michael Gove.

Jonathan Bishop states, however, that there are more effective ways to derail Gove’s campaign. “Flooding the #Gove2016 tag with unwanted content would be more effective,” he said. “Registering Gove2016 on social media accounts off the radar of Michael Gove and his campaign would also be effective.

Jonathan Bishop assists victims of cyberbullying and online harassment regain control of their lives. Most recently he helped a French/English couple get back on track following them being the victims of radical skeptics Dr Andrew Lewis and Melanie Byng. Details on his counter-trolling services can be found at www.crocels.co.uk.