Verisign Pulls the Trigger on Ad Plan

By Deane Barker on September 15, 2003

Resolving Everything: VeriSign Adds Wildcards: It’s true, try

“As of a little while ago, VeriSign added a wildcard A record to the .COM and .NET TLD DNS zones. The IP address returned is, which reverses to What that means in plain English is that most mis-typed domain names that would formerly have resulted in a helpful error message now results in a VeriSign advertising opportunity.”

As MetaFilter put it:

This makes [Verisign] effectively the biggest cybersquatter on the net…”

There’s got to be a lawsuit brewing about this.



  1. I hate to say it but they did a nice job actually redirecting and suggesting where you might have tried to go with your domain. At least I got here but clicking on the suggested link. They could have easily redirected us to product specific pages within their site.

  2. A question that came up in a discussion about this is, what will happen with misdirected mail? I type an address into a message, and transpose a couple of letters in the domain name. The message then hits Verisign’s server. The question is, what do they do with the message? Harvest the sender’s address to sell?

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