[LINK] Complaint to Min Communications re Telstra's redirection
link at todd.inoz.com
Wed Nov 24 14:12:03 EST 2004
>I write to express my outrage that Telstra Corporation Limited is
>re-directing Internet requests for the domain www.caseydonovan.com to
>cover its embarrassing mistake earlier this week. Such interference with
>the basic infrastructure of the Internet sets a dangerous precedent and is
>I request that the Minister directs Telstra to cease this interference,
>and to seek legal advice as to whether criminal charges should be laid
>against those who sanctioned it.
Ouch. How interesting. Maybe this explains why some people on Big Pond
can't get to iconoclast.inoz.com or to the other highly politically
motivated web sites I have?
Perhaps the State Government has asked Telstra to "redirect" my domain
names elsewhere to prevent people locally gaining access.
On the other hand, this has some benefits. In that many laws where
proceedings are under way prohibit the publication of details or
identification, specifically of children, in the State in which those
Proceedings are under way.
The media, being a network, usually broadcasts the stories in other states,
leaving the local state void of the story. It's just a way to get the
country enraged - and it works.
Naturally of course I've used this method on the Internet, and laid claim
to the BSA as a defence - successfully.
However, if the Government were to approach Telstra on issues of
censorship, then we might have another problem to look at.
Personally I see this as censorship and perhaps people should double check
their work, instead of assuming it's correct.
In 2002 we saw the publication of NON TELSTRA customer details without any
regard for the fact that
1. The details were private and requested to be kept such
2. That changing the phone number didn't prevent the already
published address from being used by people whom one didn't want
knowing or accessing your private address
Yet again, Telstra has fscked up big time, perhaps the biggest in public
because of the content itself and the fact that it's related to a 16 year
old's web site and ended up on a porn site, both of which affect children
and the issues of "presumed parental responsibility."
I never let a URL be printed or published without testing it first. Not
like it's hard to do. Cut and PASTE.
>Telstra is causing the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) to deliver
>incorrect data. That is, when an BigPond user's web browser is looking up
>the Internet Protocol (IP) address for the domain www.caseydonovan.com,
>instead of being given the correct address 126.96.36.199, they're
>instead being told it's 188.8.131.52 -- a web server belonging to Telstra
A perfect point of proof for the evidence and precedent that Alternate
Domain Name Resolution is a rational thing to do.
The Alternate Root and RSC's will be proud to know that Telstra is
supportive of this process.
>This kind of redirection is extremely dangerous. The Internet relies on a
>properly-functioning DNS to ensure that website and other requests are
>directed to the correct server.
>For example, an Internet banking user who enters www.stgeorge.com.au is
>relying on DNS to ensure that the website into which they enter their
>username and password is indeed their bank's and not that of a criminal.
>For this reason, DNS servers are some of the most frequently attacked
>servers on the Internet. Protecting the integrity of DNS is vital for
Now you have opened up the phishing scam!
We'll NEVER trust another online URL again! Push that line - push it hard!
How do we know that www.national.com.au is in fact going to NAB's servers
and not some phisher trying to get our usernames and password.
It's the end of the net!
Maybe I'll call a talkback station or two!
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