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Dangers of DNS Redirection and Wildcarding

The ICANN Board has prohibited, for all new gTLDs, a practice referred to as “redirection” – however, some ccTLD registries still use this practice.  Instead of typing in a domain name and getting “not found”  you are redirected to an IP address chosen by the registry – normally to a search page as opposed to a webpage.   You could go to a pay-per-click page that may contain mailware.   Suppressing errors changes the way DNS protocol works.  Pinging would no longer tell you if a webpage is responding.  Imagine your email being redirected.  There are many other applications that could suffer from this practice.  More here [PDF].