Why is Embarq hijacking my DNS?Fri, Nov 23, 2007 in Commentary
Isn't this the same thing that happened a few years ago with ICANN or Verisign or one of those big names? (strangely, I can't find relevant search results about this!).
I clicked on my toolbar shortcut for Toggl and my Embarq DSL service redirected me to a search-results page instead of telling my browser the truth. This makes me mad. The core layers of the Internet are designed the way they are for a reason and I don't want to "opt out" of a stupid DNS hijacking stunt I never opted into.
Here's a screenshot of what happens when I type in any old non-existent (or, in Toggl's case, timing-out) domain name.
And here's what happens when I do a DNS lookup:
baron@kanga:~$ dig www.toggl.com ; <<>> DiG 9.4.1-P1 <<>> www.toggl.com ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 27795 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;www.toggl.com. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: www.toggl.com. 22 IN A 188.8.131.52 ;; Query time: 72 msec ;; SERVER: 184.108.40.206#53(220.127.116.11) ;; WHEN: Fri Nov 23 15:50:14 2007 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 47 baron@kanga:~$ ping www.toggl.com PING www.toggl.com (18.104.22.168) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 66-199-249-106.reverse.ezzi.net (22.214.171.124): icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=79.2 ms
Did I mention that this makes me mad? Time to get on the phone.
PS: it looks like Verizon is doing it too.
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