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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

Jul 05, 2011, 02:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Goodin)

"Indeed, depending on the browser and operating system used, a handful of sites are already accessible by typing nothing more than the TLD into the address bar. Using Mozilla Firefox on Mac or Ubuntu computers, it's possible to reach ac merely by pointing the browser to "ac" (minus the quotes). The same is true for io and tm. Google Chrome on OS X and Ubuntu will also access these sites with a little coaxing.

"Using a Windows XP SP3 computer, The Register was unable to reach any of the three sites above. But according to researcher and software developer Marsh Ray, a home PC of his that ran Windows Vista connected just fine, and to make matters more dire, the lack of a dot in the address fooled the operating system into placing the site in the "Local Intranet Zone," which Windows reserves for trusted internal addresses that don't require the same security defenses as external ones."

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