NNSquad - Network Neutrality Squad

NNSquad Home Page

NNSquad Mailing List Information


[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[ NNSquad ] Testing Your Internet Connection for ISP DNS Diversions

             Testing Your Internet Connection for ISP DNS Diversions


Greetings. Over at the Network Neutrality Squad, the issue of ISPs
intercepting and/or diverting DNS (Domain Name Service) lookups has
recently risen to the surface. Some tests that you can perform to
investigate this for yourself on your ISP are described below.

Increasingly, ISPs have been attempting to monetize users' Web
browsing in various ways, and steering them to ISP-partnered search
engines in cases of mistyped domain names and the like is just one
example of this activity.

There is a great deal of variation in how this is accomplished;
whether or not effective opt-outs are available; and how forthright,
opaque, or simply confused ISPs' tech support pages and people may
be regarding this matter.

Beyond the issue of shunting users to search engines of the ISPs'
own choosing, diversion of DNS requests can have significant
negative impacts on various applications, especially non-browsing
(non-http) applications. 

  [ ... ]

  [ Due to their length and detail, the full information and links
    for the test procedures and accompanying explanations are
    omitted here.  Please see the complete write-up at:


    Thanks! ]

Lauren Weinstein
lauren@vortex.com or lauren@pfir.org 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
Co-Founder, PFIR
   - People For Internet Responsibility - http://www.pfir.org 
Co-Founder, NNSquad 
   - Network Neutrality Squad - http://www.nnsquad.org
Founder, PRIVACY Forum - http://www.vortex.com 
Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com