April 21st, 2008, 03:56 PM
More DNS Tomfoolery
You know those ads ISPs display when you mistype a URL? Yeah, those DNS redirects are (were?) a phisher's dream.
ISPs' Error Page Ads Let Hackers Hijack Entire Web, Researcher Discloses - Wired
The rub comes when a user is asking for a nonexistent subdomain of a real website, such as http://webmale.google.com
, where the subdomain webmale doesn't exist (unlike, say, mail in mail.google.com). In this case, the Earthlink/Barefruit ads appear in the browser, while the title bar suggests that it's the official Google site.
April 22nd, 2008, 09:18 PM
You can simply place OpenDNS servers (or any other DNS servers like theirs) in your router's nameserver fields at home and avoid this all together.
Last edited by thehorse13; April 22nd, 2008 at 09:21 PM.
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April 22nd, 2008, 11:36 PM
Yep... but OpenDNS is doing the same thing. They redirect you and place ads just like the ISPs do. They'll just give you a cool reporting interface to gather stats and to help block malicious sites and content. BTW: Add Verizon to the list of redirects.
Originally Posted by thehorse13
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