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[wildcard-comments] VeriSign should be held responsible

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  • Subject: [wildcard-comments] VeriSign should be held responsible
  • From: Michael Clay <mclay@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 21:56:12 -0500
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The following is my own opinion, and not stated on the behalf of any particular business entity.

VeriSign should be held responsible for any and all damages resulting from their abuse of the DNS service. Many corporations spent quite a bit of time tracking down software problems whose root lay at the DNS problems caused by VeriSign's wildcard service.

As a simple example, many SPAM filter programs test for invalid DNS to function properly as part of their diagnosis. When the wildcard went into effect, this portion of the test failed, which allowed an increased number of SPAM emails to get through. The result is decreased productivity, but also considerable time spent on trying to track down why the filtering product simply stopped working.

Verisign should be held responsible and pay financial damages resulting from this abuse. In addition, their position as administrator of the .com and .net TLDs should be revoked, as they have proven unfit to properly respect the position and place the needs of the global Internet above their own petty desires for increased profit-share.

Mike C

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