Reuters
VeriSign Sued Over Controversial Web Service
Thu September 18, 2003 09:13 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Internet search company on Thursday filed a $100 million antitrust lawsuit against VeriSign Inc., accusing the Web address provider of hijacking misspelled and unassigned Web addresses with a service it launched this week.

I blogged earlier about SiteFinder and everyone agreed it was a "bad thing." VeriSign just got sued for it.

Thanks for the link Peggy!

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The service is convenient, though. If you type in "tijsselling.com", the page you get offers the correct "tijsseling.com".

Yay Good lawyers sue bad net company! Yay!

i hate them, i hate them, i hate!

hope the bastards lose.

Its only "convenient" if you happy to have your domain name registered with VeriSign - just tried to "error url" my business site (www.stracom.com) by leaving out the first dot - after about 60 seconds I got a Browser error "could not load the page" messsage - However in those 60 seconds the page the browser was trying to load was:

http://sitefinder.verisign.com/lpc?url=wwwstracom.com&host=wwwstracom.com

So they grabbed me and spit me out?!!! (But didn't spit it back to the error itself!)

Another ingredient inthge VeriSign broth - they announced this week their intent to spin off NSI (the domain registration business) and refocus on the security business from whence they came....

More thoughts.....

hmmm... as bits and pieces of VeriSign's plans and implementations emerge, it's beginning to seem to me that this whole deal may just be a canard....

They are only hijacking error urls of sites registered to them (and spitting back those registered elsewhere such as mine - see above comment).... Given their plans to spin off the registry business - and the fact that that business has been in the doldrums for two years as the demand has leveled off and ICAAN has opened it up -- maybe all they are after here is creating a blip in demand for "error url" registrations (from those most likely to register the error urls with them - the ones who maintain their current registrations with VeriSign) and use the revenue bump to get a decent spin off deal (stock-wise/financially).... I've heard worse strategies....

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Verisign are being sued over their .net and .com typosquatting service, SiteFinder. I think they probably deserve it. As I said earlier, I am moving the rest domains away from their control in protest at their protocol and trust-violating SiteFinder.... Read More

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