[wildcard-comments] Sitefinder Problems
To whom it may concern, When developing internet applications I rely on error codes to provide useful information. Since I can't go to the user's home and offer personal support I must design my applications to handle error cases in a way that can offer the end user some assistance. Verisign's Sitefinder interferes directly with that kind of programming. By wildcarding mistyped domain names a "host not found" error becomes one of many "service not available" errors. If Verisign decides to run services on the destination of wildcard addresses then an inappropriate connection could be established. Even if I could sort out the previous error cases there is no way I can pragmatically account for that. Verisign could cost companies millions of dollars should it restart its Sitefinder hijacking. Thank you for hearing my comments.