Why is Embarq hijacking my DNS?

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.

Embarq screwing with my DNS

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

;www.toggl.com.                 IN      A

www.toggl.com.          22      IN      A

;; Query time: 72 msec
;; WHEN: Fri Nov 23 15:50:14 2007
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 47

baron@kanga:~$ ping www.toggl.com
PING www.toggl.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 66-199-249-106.reverse.ezzi.net ( 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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