Network Solutions is Pure Evil

By Deane Barker on April 10, 2008

Network Solutions: Not Just Thieves and Hijackers, Now Using Tactics That Can Get Your Site Banned From Google: Good Lord. How do you get away with this?

According to TechCrunch, NetSol is now engaging in the practice of Hijacking Unassigned Sub-Domains, which put simply means that they are using wildcard subdomains for any domain that is using their DNS service, to cause matches for any subdomains that do not already have an explicit DNS entry.

Here’s an example of what they’re doing:

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.

Ars Technica reports that this behavior is outlined in the Network Solutions EULA, and there’s an opt-out. In my eyes, that doesn’t make this any less sleazy.