WASHINGTON - Citing recent instances in which customers logged on to counterfeit Web sites and unwittingly divulged confidential account information, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Wednesday urged national banks to aggressively defend their Internet domain names against so-called cybersquatters.

In cases "where the risk of confusion is unacceptably high," the agency even encouraged banks to trademark their domain names and take legal action against the owners of similar ones under the 1999 Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

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