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A hacker today redirected web surfers looking for Yahoo, Microsoft or Google to a page showing a TV test card by apparently poisoning Google's public DNS system. Punters and organisations relying on Google's free service were affected, rather than the websites themselves being compromised. Visitors to yahoo.ro, microsoft.ro …

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  1. Zaphod.Beeblebrox
    Facepalm

    Google's free DNS service

    Does anyone actually use it? Really? Given how they slurp data using every other service they offer, I'd have thought nobody would trust them with their DNS but perhaps I'm wrong.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Google's free DNS service

      used it a few times to diagnose local DNS caching issues...

      1. Charles 9 Silver badge

        Re: Google's free DNS service

        And I have to use it every so often when the local DNS doesn't update often enough and some lesser-known websites I frequent "drop out" as a result.

    2. PyLETS

      Re: Google's free DNS service

      Used it temporarily and experimentally because it's IPV6 accessible at 2001:4860:4860::8888 and at 2001:4860:4860::8844 . So it enables a IPV6 only machine to resolve IPV6 only servers.

      Probably more secure to setup and use your own DNS resolver, but it's another service to operate and maintain.

    3. Goat Jam
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      Re: Google's free DNS service

      I use it because my ISP does that stupid DNS hi-jacking nonsense, as does so-called "opendns".

      Considering that I also browse while logged in with a google id I'm struggling to see how using their dns server allows them to intrude on my privacy any more than they already do.

      If you can enlighten me than that would be great.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thanks

    Thanks for that last line of the article.

    R. C. Jones

  3. TeeCee Gold badge
    Coat

    Pakistan.

    So the previous Pakistani problem was that someone pissed on their PKNIC?

    Made my day.......

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Pint

    Nice one.

  5. Paul Renault

    DNS servers filled with Kool-Aid?

    Weren't they supposed to use Fluorinert?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cray-2

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge

      Re: DNS servers filled with Kool-Aid?

      Wasn't that stuff phased out because it was a fluorocarbon (aka an Ozone eater)?

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