Network Solutions Hijacking Unassigned Sub-Domains

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First 150 apps in OSX, now 108 in Vista, and tomorrow? Crysis on Android.

Network Solutions is hijacking unassigned sub domains and delivering link filled holding pages for hundreds of thousands of sites.

Win Betteridge runs and contacted TechCrunch with the details:

For instance, resolves to a Network Solutions page with text links, including “Poker Tournaments” and “Texas Holdem Games.” The same is true of any other unassigned sub-domain. We have spoken to customer service a few times about fixing this problem…

I don’t know if this is standard practice for a hosting company, but this strikes me as another case of Network Solutions unreasonably profiting at the expense of its customers.

According to a search on DomainTools there are 294,438 sites on the same Network Solutions IP address as I ran a test on the sites listed (for free) by DomainTools and every single one had the same issue: unassigned domain names with link filled Network Solutions holding pages.

Yet another reason to not use Network Solutions.


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