Comcast Indirectly Admits SOPA Won't Work With Their New Technology

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 11 January 2012 18:52

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Comcast, pretty much the largest internet service providers in the US, has been in the midst of rolling out their new DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) technology, which basically allows for safer internet browsing for users. Well, according to Comcast, DNSSEC is incompatible with DNS redirecting, which is the method that SOPA (if it's passed and put into effect) will use to block websites. If you didn't know, Comcast is pro-SOPA, and NBC, whom Comcast owns, is one of the most staunch SOPA supporters. Here's the statement:

When we launched the Domain Helper service, we also set in motion its eventual shutdown due to our plans to launch DNSSEC. Domain Helper has been turned off since DNS response modification tactics, including DNS redirect services, are technically incompatible with DNSSEC and/or create conditions that can be indistinguishable from malicious modifications of DNS traffic (including DNS cache poisoning attacks). Since we want to ensure our customers have the most secure Internet experience, and that if they detect any DNSSEC breakage or error messages that they know to be concerned (rather than not knowing if the breakage/error was "official" and caused by our redirect service or "unofficial" and caused by an attacker), our priority has been placed on DNSSEC deployment -- now automatically protecting our customers...

Domain Helper is the service that directs you to a suggestion page if you accidental;y misspell a website's address. Domain Helper uses the same thing, DNS Redirecting, that SOPA will use, so if Domain Helper doesn't work, SOPA won't work. This is the prevailing theory, anyways, but it's quite comical.