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You might be able to thank the folks at VeriSlime
Posted by saw (more from saw) on Mon, 22 Sep 2003 18:23:40
In Reply to: massive amount of virus-related email?, nt moore, Fri, 19 Sep 2003 06:02:13
Last week VeriSlime basically changed the way DNS works for .net and .com. Actually to be more accurate the greedy slime bags broke the expected behavior of DNS and in turn the internet. Used to be if you entered an internet address with an invalid domain you would get a 'Not found' error. Now for anything that doesn't match they return the IP for their own search site. This means you get directed to their search site if your web browsing but the true key (missed by almost all of the US press) here is that they are returning a valid IP to their own server. Thus, this does not apply only to http and web browsing but is breaking many internet based applications that relied on the previous DNS behavior regardless of the protocol.
Some spam programs rely at least in part on checking to see if the email came from a valid registered domain. If not they drop it. Well now DNS lookups are returning a "valid" IP for any address including bogus domain addresses. So there is spam getting through now that wouldn't just a week ago.
It also does other similar strange stuff. Type in an incorrect ftp address you get a "Connection refused" because your directed to the VeriSign search server. So now instead of a clear not found error you think the server is down or your getting blocked by a firewall.
Screwing up incorrect mail address bounces too. Reported some is getting delayed or even dropped so you may never know your mail wasn't received.
and blah blah blah
The funny thing is they say they did this to make life easier for users but that is clearly BS. Not sure how sending users confusing messages for ftp and other protocols helps user. It is abuse and greed. This is supposed to be a security company people trust. VeriSign already had a suspect track record in the ethics arena. But this proves they really do deserve to be called VeriSlime.
The following is a good article that explains things in more detail.
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Posts in this Thread:
- massive amount of virus-related email?, nt moore, Fri, 19 Sep 2003 06:02:13
- You might be able to thank the folks at VeriSlime, saw, Mon, 22 Sep 2003 18:23:40 <-- Viewing This Message
- I set up a bunch of filters to kill the ones..., Noel , Sat, 20 Sep 2003 06:43:16
- way down.. 30 a day down from 600..., Scott Paterson , Fri, 19 Sep 2003 10:24:16
- Lots of messenger crap, Simon in Vancouver, Fri, 19 Sep 2003 09:00:06
- Re: tricky tricky, Ed NC, Fri, 19 Sep 2003 07:57:15
- Oh yes, Craig, Fri, 19 Sep 2003 06:21:52
- Not me, Just the regular Viagra, enlargement, and porno, Jimbo, Fri, 19 Sep 2003 06:21:33
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