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AUSTIN, Texas — It’s not phishing and it’s not the buying of Internet domain names for re-sale later, the old “squatting” for dollars scam, but it’s not completely legitimate, either. It’s called “typosquatting,” the practice of registering domain names that closely resemble legitimate sites, with the apparent intent of directing those who end up there to advertising sites that generate profits through click-through advertisement.

Credit union domain names were a big target for typosquatters in recent days, says Kelly Dowell, executive director of the Credit Union Information Security Professionals Association (www.cuispa.com.)

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