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How Internet policy changes affect you

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What do you think about VeriSign's recent actions? Do you think the company was out of line? Share your comments about changing established Internet practices, as discussed in the Oct. 6 Internet Security Focus e-newsletter.

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Privatization Strikes Again

by ToomTabard In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

Selling off government/public resources to private companies has repeatedly proved inadvisable. This sort of cozy deal flies in the face of the public trust and should not be entered into.

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No more business with Verisign

by ted In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

I had already moved all our domain names from Verisign to, because the prices are much lower and the service is better. I was just about to get a digital certificate and was wondering which company to use.
Now I know which company I WON'T use! (I guess I'll go to Thawte - or however you spell it).

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Goes how I feel?

by kent@grokit In reply to No more business with Ver ...

I just moved from one bad idea to another. I was just relocating all of my domains from to Thanks for the input on another SSL vendor.

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Thawte = Verisign

by mprentice In reply to No more business with Ver ...

Before you jump to Thawte look closely. December 1999 Verisign acquired Thawte. Read the copyright details on

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Look before you leap?

by cpark In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

Looks to me like another case of someone with insufficient knowledge of the consequences of their actions. I'm sure whatever department implemented this new service considered it a minor thing, and well within the scope of the rights of their own business - and didn't bother to check with the more technical departments that really understand DNS and the issues surrounding it.

If this was the case, I think it would be unfair to blame the company as a whole, except insofar as a company with that much responsibility can't just let any old internal team have access to make most major changes.

If this was not the case, and they implemented this service with full knowledge of the consequences... that's a lot more malicious, and God help the Internet if they keep doing stuff like that.

There should be some sort of standard practice for approving who gets what access to these central, vital, services. I mean, if someone bungled things up too badly and crippled or turned off .net/.com dns redirection for even a relatively small part of the country, imagine the economic impact on business that rely on the internet for their business.

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You're thinking too small

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Look before you leap?

Imange what would happen to business if the same thing happened to just one small part of the entire world. As most of thsi is sent by satalite if only one satalite was taken off line for only a day imange how much damage would be done and over how large an area?

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by ShortStock In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

I can't believe you followed up this article with the article "MERRILL LYNCH BEEFS UP SECURITY" with Verisign. Merrill Lynch better sew up their pockets.

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Actions typical of Verisign...and others

by Stretchr In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

As disturbing as Verisign's actions are, they seem typical of the thinking behind some of the larger companies entrusted with "managing" the Internet. The entire system has been sullied and there is no longer any fairness in the practices being employed. The diverting of non-existing domains is just another example. Personally, I resent that these companies feel free to do as they like when the majority of their advantage lies in the fact that they have been given a position and resources the rest of us don't have. It began with holding potentially popular domain names for auction or increased sales revenues and has progressed from there. It's critical that ICAAN monitor and address these issues and not allow the Internet community to be taken advantage of. It's unfortunate that they cannot impose financial penalties for such breaches of trust but perhaps they should take Verisign's authority over .com and .net TLDs away from them as a punitive measure!

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No 404's - broke my systems...

by dforbu In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

All my applications that connect to http servers on the inet started incorrectly returning 'Ok' (200) response codes instead of 404.... Makes it kinda hard to tell the differnce, now I gotta download the actual HTML, look for stupid verisign references.... pain in the .. uh, elbow...

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Public Trust

by mlanphea In reply to How Internet policy chang ...

Verisign has failed the public's trust. The special privileges granted them should be removed and given to someone who will honor that trust.

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