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Domain hijack

VeriSign, the curators of the .org and .com domains, just abused the living hell out of their power. As of this morning, any time you try to look up a domain name that doesn’t exist, you get an IP for one of their hosts.

In layman’s terms, this means that if you mistype the domain portion of a URL in your browser — let’s say you type — it’ll redirect to a VeriSign page. It also means that if you mistype the domain portion of an email address, your mailer will attempt to deliver that email to a VeriSign server. Most likely it’ll just bounce… but there’s no guarantee. Hope you weren’t trying to send mail to a user who happens to exist over there.

The appropriate agency for complaints is ICANN, who oversees domain names. The ICANN email address for complaints is The ICANN phone number is (310) 823-9358. The ICANN fax number is (310) 823-8649. The ICANN address is 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.


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