Operators of some education-related web sites that have changed internet addresses are reporting a disturbing trend: Profiteers and purveyors of pornography are snatching up the rights to the old addresses as they become available and are auctioning them off to the highest bidders.

The opportunists are banking on the idea that people will log onto the old address by mistake, generating web site "hits" for the new owners. For the original owner of the web site

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