A creepy lawsuit based on an incomplete understanding.

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 23:54:50 MDT 2011


For some reason I keep getting emails asking me to join various class
action lawsuits.
Most of these I discard out of hand since they aren't targeted at
anyone I feel has done me wrong but this one just struck me as creepy.

Text is as follows.

Dear Consumer:

You are receiving this email because you have previously contacted
Milberg LLP, a consumer protection law firm, about pending or
potential litigation.  This email brings your attention to potential
violations of privacy laws and breaches of customer contracts and
possible mispresentations made on minimal support footwear.

This email is informational.  We do not know whether you have
purchased the particular products or services mentioned below or
whether this information affects you.  Add info at milberg.us to your
address book to ensure delivery to your inbox.  If you do not wish to
receive any future correspondences like this, click here or reply to
this email with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Are Your Internet Searches Being Monitored, Redirected, and Used for Profit?

Internet service providers (ISPs) Cavalier, Charter, Cincinnati Bell,
Cogent Communications, DirecPC (Hughes), Frontier, Insight Broadband,
Iowa Telecom, Wide Open West, Paetec, IBBS, Megapath, and XO
Communications, may be intercepting your Internet communications,
together with Paxfire, Inc., in order to generate income.  Rather than
directing you to the search engines you requested, Paxfire and these
ISPs may be secretly directing you to websites that look identical to
the site you requested, but are actually controlled by and located on
servers belonging to the ISPs and/or Paxfire. Paxfire and the ISPs may
then be intercepting your searches to aggregate and market your search
data and/or direct you through advertising affiliates and onto
third-party commercial web pages.

(Link to site to join in lawsuit)

My understanding is that they can't actually do this but what they are
actually doing is violating internet protocol and domains that come up
in DNS as unregistered are being served up as advertising "parking"
pages.  Is that correct or am I missing something here?


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