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Verisign modifies the infrastructure of the net to point back to themselves. Verisign has rigged all .com and .net mistyped domains to reroute to their branded search page. This makes them effectively the biggest cybersquatter on the net, and will make it impossible for most spam filters at the network level to operate as well as seriously complicating the lives of network administrators everywhere. posted by dejah420 at 8:07 PM PST
I wonder if someone at Verisign thought this was a clever hack. It's stupid stuff like this that makes it very clear to everyone that Verisign is in a position to abuse their power.


This is a new business for VeriSign - all the typos will point back to their servers. Most typos are missed dots's (".") so VeriSign believes that in most cases it can figure out what the user usually wants. Their plan develop a new revenue stream by signing up web sites for "error forwarding service" - essentially charging the site on a per click basis for converting the error into a good url and redirecting to that site.

[this has got to be a good business - I've owned the www(nodot) url for years (why I got it is a long story of frustration...) I never did anything with it, but it gets megaclicks every month.

but this is against the rules, surely? the crowd who had .biz tried it for a while, and were told to stop by ICANN. At least that's what I understood.

George William Herbert noted that in NANOG that "By all reasonable interpretations, Verisign is now operating in violation of the .com and .net Registry Agreements. Specifically, Sect 24 of the main agreement for .com and Sect 3.5.3, 3.5.5, and 3.6, 3.8 of the main agreement for .net, and the rather blank Appendix X."