A creepy lawsuit based on an incomplete understanding.

Joshua Lutes joshua at lutes.me
Fri Aug 12 19:09:51 MDT 2011


I heard of something like this where requests to Amazon pages from Google
and other search providers were modified so that the affiliate partner
referring thing kicked in. I think Google said to cut it out but Bing and
Yahoo are still being redirected.

Joshua.

On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM, Robert Ridge <ridger at ieee.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 7:15 AM, Steve Meyers <steve-plug at spwiz.com>
> wrote:
>
> > On 8/10/11 11:54 PM, S. Dale Morrey wrote:
> > > 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?
> >
> > http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390529,00.asp
> >
> > Apparently, the EFF believes that they're doing it.
> >
> >
> We at Provo City have experienced this.
>
> We tried to limit the laptops in the police cars to a few work related
> locations by setting up their DNS servers to connect to City owned servers.
> This worked great if they were in the station connecting via our wireless
> networks.  But as soon as they connected to Sprint air cards, they could go
> anywhere on the internet.  Sprint admitted to us that they were inspecting
> all traffic and re-routing all DNS requests from the address in the packet
> to their own internal DNS servers.  Apparently, they make a lot of money by
> charging companies to redirect requests for incorrect or non-existent names
> to the company's web sites.  They refused to change this behavior when
> requested by the City.
>
> So don't assume your traffic goes where it is addressed - your ISP may be
> directing it elsewhere.
>
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