04|10|2008 12:42 am EDT
Win Betteridge, the webmaster for GotGame.com, was the first to find out what was going on.
After realizing that app.gotgame.com came up as an Network Solutions page with text links, Betteridge noticed that every unassigned sub-domain did the same thing. “I don’t know if this is standard practice for a hosting company,” Betteridge stated, “but this strikes me as another case of Network Solutions unreasonably profiting at the expense of its customers.”
This issue is shocking from a customer’s perspective, but certainly isn’t anything new. Last year, Domain Editorial reported that GoDaddy and Dotster were hijacking sub-domains for the same purpose. What makes this story a bigger deal, however, is that Network Solutions’ reputation is already in a world of trouble.
Network Solutions has been the center of controversy over the past few months because of their poor judgment and lust for profits. Earlier this year they were accused of front-running domains – which led to a class action lawsuit – as well as profiting from racism by making money off Nigger.com.
The issue is no longer about whether or not the company is looking to make money through controversial means, but rather a question of how far they’re willing to go to do so.