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Cameron's blog targeted by spoof
David Cameron
David Cameron loading his dishwasher in a film on his official blog
David Cameron's attempt to harness the power of the internet through his Webcameron blog has led to opponents setting up a spoof rival site.

UKIP backers have launched a site with a near-identical internet address, which launches to show a video parodying his likeness to Tony Blair.

The move is the latest example of what is known as "cyber squatting".

An Australian poet with a similar name for his website has also been inundated by people wanting the Webcameron site.

Australian Cameron M Semmens has posted a note on the front page of his webcameron.com site saying: "Obviously this isn't the site of David Cameron's weblog (leader of the Conservative Party UK), but feel free to have a look around here.

"Politics via poetry - now that's a way to a better world."

Comedy video

The UKIPhome website, an unofficial supporters site for the UK Independence Party, has taken its chance to make mischief as Mr Cameron enters the blogging world with his blog, whose web address is webcameron.org.uk.

It has taken the webcameron.info address and set up a site with a link to a clip from BBC comedy show Time Trumpet, which splices together Mr Cameron and the prime minister saying the same words.

It ends with clips from their speeches pieced together to the tune of David Bowie's hit Changes.

The official blog itself began with Mr Cameron talking about cleaning up politics while clearing away his children's dirty dishes at the breakfast table.

Several people emailing responses to his blog praise Mr Cameron but one said there was no substance to his remarks.

And another argued: "I always thought politics was about what one can do for the country, but here we have 'David Cameron does this, David Cameron does that'."

'Cyber squat' targets

The Tories are not the only target of what appears to be the UKIP backers behind the UKIPhome site.

In a new BBC1 political drama, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Jane Horrocks plays a supermarket manageress who ends up as prime minister.

Her party in the drama is called Purple Alliance, but anyone who goes a site at purplealliance.org.uk will find a link through to a page describing UKIP as the real life equivalent - "a real voice of opposition".

Fallen at first hurdle?

It is not the first time "cyber squatting" has entered the world of politics.

During the general election Conservative Party candidate George Hollingbery targeted his rival, Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten by seizing the markoaten.co.uk web site and directing visitors to his own site.

Jonathan Robinson, from NetNames, which manages the domain name portfolios for several FTSE 100 companies, said: "Politicians are just as vulnerable to online threats as film stars or any major brand.

"One of the first steps of setting up a new web site is checking the availability not only of your desired domain name, but also of alternatives including the .com and .co.uk versions.

"Unfortunately in this instance David Cameron has seen his effort to harness the power of the internet stumble at one of the very first hurdles."


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