More cases of ISP google Hijacking (9/23)…
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Many ISP’s are redirecting your google.com DNS result to the IP Address of their “Paxfire” proxy server – effectively letting them record EVERY search term you Google for marketing or other invasive reasons.
This happens because most home users just use their ISP’s DNS servers and don’t think twice. I noticed this yesterday when Google refused to do any searches for me and a Google “captcha” came up (where you have to type in all the crazy letters to proceed) and gave a warning that my IP was sending many searches to Google (an IP, that traced back to DataPipe in San Jose, CA) and they had to make sure I was not a “virus or a bot” to use google.com.
Well I did some research… Instead of giving you the local search results or Google banner ads – ISP’s are trying to get their PAID SPONSORS on to the results page. This could also be used to harvest information for marketing reasons “John in Hoboken likes Kung fu Films and trips to Thailand”, etc.
The way to defeat this privacy invasion – make sure your home router has 3 neutral DNS servers that will not redirect your google.com session to the third party proxy (and these 3 are served via dhcp to your home subnet)
184.108.40.206 (google’s open dns)
220.127.116.11 (google’s open dns 2)
18.104.22.168 (Qwest business DNS resolver, doesn’t seem to proxy the google.com A record)