Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal (mendel) wrote,
Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal

ICANN gets serious about SiteFinder

This letter from the CEO of ICANN to the General Manager of Verisign insists that the latter deactivate their SiteFinder service by 6 PM PDT (GMT-0700) on October 4th. I'm pleased to see that they've decided to take positive action on this instead of just hoping, because it seemed pretty clear that Verisign wasn't going to voluntarily shut it down.

(For those just tuning in, SiteFinder is a controversial cash grab service that Verisign has recently implemented in the .com and .net TLDs which, when one tries to look up an address in the DNS that does not exist, returns the address of one of Verisign's own systems which then presents a paid-results search engine. The general consensus of network operators was that this broke things badly by not returning an error when an error should occur and that they were unfairly taking advantage of their limited monopoly on those TLDs. Earlier responses by ICANN were weakly-worded requests to disable SiteFinder which Verisign ignored.)


  • New Year's resolution

    I'm going to post this on my zen blog later this week, but right now I want to post it somewhere and I'm too tired to compose a post over…

  • how's this work again

    So uh hi there everyone, long time no see? So I've got this theory where I think it'd be good for me to just write about stuff that's going on here,…

  • o hai lj.

    I should totally start using this again.

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded