[wildcard-comments] Do not allow this to continue!
I am deeply disturbed by the Verisign wildcard issues. It has caused numerous problems within the network I administrate. The problems are not relegated soley to web browsing. During the time that Sitefinder was active, I was nearly unable to effectively troubleshoot any problems with my own DNS servers and other various machines connected to my network due to the fact that unknown addresses always resolved to an IP. For nearly 2 weeks, I thought one of my domains that I handle was working properly, only to find out that it really wasn't. Why? Because the IP resolved properly (but there was no data on the site yet) and I did not actually verify connectivity to the server... just that the domain resolved, as server content was irrelevent at that point. It is totally and utterly unacceptable for a single entity to make a broad sweeping motion to completely change the fundamental interaction of programs and users on the internet. Unilaterally hijacking unregistered (or improperly setup DNS servers) domain names is immoral and criminal. Prior to this incident, I haven't given much thought to AlterNIC as a viable solution to DNS resolution needs, but allowing this sort of stunt to go on, and go unpunished gives me pause to consider AlterNIC as a truely viable alternative. Verisign should be disallowed to continue their actions, as well as be stripped of all authority to administrate the .net and .com TLDs. They have repeatedly abused their position of trust, and they have repeatedly disregarded the rules and regulations that are behind the smooth operation of the Internet as a whole. The customer service is non-existant as well. Verisign is not fit to handle anything that affects anyone but their own customers. Allowing this to continue will cause so many problems for my domains that I will either install patches on my DNS servers to block Sitefinder completely (and only do business with other peers that do the same) or switch to AlterNIC. I shudder to think of all the changes I will have to go through on my network to circumvent an unscrupulous company such as Verisign and I find it reprehensible that I should even be put in this situation. Thank you, Josh Zerlan Sprint PCS