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Growing problem of ISP orchestrated DNS Hacking


DNS redirection?  

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  1. 1. DNS redirection?

    • Is it Hacking, meaning illegal
    • A great service
    • Allows your Internet bill to be cheaper by pennies a month

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So what are peoples thoughts on ISP's DNS Hacking Hijacking 'Domain helper service"?

One of the problems is most scummy ISP's only have an 'opt out' method. So if you delete the cookie and the DNS hack becomes live again.

But some do actually allow you to use your own public DNS servers. 

But some ISP's that have the combination modem and router have the DNS hijacker built in, thus not allowing you your freedom of the Internet DNS choices. And the Telecommunications carrier should not(actual law in various areas) be allowed to control the content presented to you by a simple typing error.

Other ISP's offer you their own alternate DNS servers without the hijacker, as their method of 'opt out'.

The ISP's make money off of your mistakes. And some uneducated users being stuck with the use of DNS hijackers may click on a link that is possibly a malicious link. Or leads to a website(product) that may be similar(not really) to the real website(product) you wanted.

I use the free  http://www.opendns.com/  and if I misspell a link? I get sent to a page that has the proper spelled address.


The DNS hijacker is here to stay.

When Denver-based developer Brent Gartner returned home from vacation this week, he discovered that Comcast, his home ISP, was redirecting his mistyped urls to its very own ad-laden search pages. Earlier this month, the cable giant resurrected this age-old land-grab scheme in several US markets, including Colorado, with an eye on hijacking typos across the country.

Comcast does provide an opt-out. And Brent Gartner promptly did so. But the new scheme still boils his blood. "It looks like a blatant attempt to steal revenue from competing services," he tells The Reg.

As you might expect, Comcast doesn't call its DNS hijacker a DNS hijacker. It prefers "Domain Helper service."

Story continues..................

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