Hacked Or Not?


Following up on the Google outage. Something weird is going on, as reader Brendan Loy points out. It has been on my mind as well.

they are using the *.com.net domain to catch dns queries from .com sites that people type incorrectly or the dns lookup fails, their internet explorer starts appending suffixes to the name to try and locate a site, they have a record for the name google.com.net so when a google.com lookup fails internet explorer trys adding .net to the end and finds the wrong site If it’s a wildcard, then how come http://www.google.com.net/ takes me to SoGo, but http://www.yahoo.com.net/ does not, nor does http://www.cnn.com.net/ or http://www.brendanloy.com.net/ or any other replacement for the “wildcard” that I’ve tried?



Having same issue w/ redirection to sogosearch for google, and to answerferret for yahoo. Frustratingly little info online about a fix for this. Anybody? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? :)


Pinging http://www.com.net [] with 32 bytes of data

Pinging http://www.google.com.net [] with 32 bytes of data

the same format for msn, aol, or yahoo doesn’t resolve. Clearly this is NOT a wild card, but an attempt to capitalize specifically on Google mistyped traffic.

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