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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 2 October 2003 
  • Editor's Welcome
  • BMI Accepts PayPal
  • Recent Email Scams
  • Verisign Hijacks DNS
  • E-Mail Perimeter Updated
  • Adware & Spyware
  • WebTv & BMI
  • Did you Ever Wonder...
  • Question of the Month

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  • Verisign Hijacks DNS
    by Ruben Bybee
    October 2003
    This is one of the most flagrant abuses of the public trust that I have seen in a long time and it is important that people understand the impact that it will have on their use of the Internet. In a reckless fashion, Verisign (aka Network Solutions) has seized control of every non-existent domain, zone, and DNS record in the .com and .net top-level domains around 12:00pm EDT on September 15, 2003. Their so-called "Site Finder Service" causes any DNS lookup for a non-existent zone beneath .com and .net to resolve to an IP address under Verisign's control. For instance, if you type in you will be directed to a Verisign web site without your prior knowledge or consent. This hijacking of namespace was announced by on a public mailing list of network administrators many hours AFTER the change was implemented. I am not aware of any formal or informal attempt to involve traditional Internet standards bodies in this decision.
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