Billions Registered: The story of the original registrant of McDonalds.com

Wired magazine is known for its controversial covers.

Joshua Quittner is an American journalist, having co-authored with his wife several books, including the non-fiction Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace and Speeding the Net: The Inside Story of Netscape and How it Challenged Microsoft.

As a freelancer for Wired magazine, Quittner performed one of the earliest demonstrations of cybersquatting, by registering the domain name McDonalds.com in 1994.

He documented his feat and the challenges he faced while trying to convince the fast food giant about the importance of domain names in the early days of the Internet.

Read the full story at the Wired archives.

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