Tragedy and domain name opportunism

People respond to tragedy in different ways. Some pray. Some watch the news. Some try to get rich. Just hours after a student at Virginia Tech went on a killing spree that claimed 33 lives Monday, speculators began snatching up domain names related to the shooting. Dozens of people registered sites like, and through companies like and Enom, Inc. Several of the names went up for sale on eBay later that day. The blood wasn’t even dry in Norris Hall. In that building, home to the engineering department, Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old South Korean majoring in English and living on the Blacksburg campus, fired round after round from his Glock 9 mm and Walther .22-caliber handguns into helpless students and teachers, before turning his pistols on himself and ending the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. For most people around the country, this was a shocking and grievous moment. For the new owner of, it was an opportunity.

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