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Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors 379

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-thats-not-cool dept.
Verteiron writes "Cable company Mediacom recently began using deep packet inspection to redirect 404 errors, Google and Bing searches to their own, ad-laden 'search engine.' Despite repeated complaints from customers, Mediacom continues this connection hijacking even after the user has opted out of the process. Months after the problem was first reported, the company seems unwilling or unable to fix it and has even experimented with injecting their own advertising into sites like Google. How does one get a company infamous for its shoddy customer service and comfortable, state-wide cable monopolies to act on an issue like this?"
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Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors

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  • Sue them (Score:5, Funny)

    by mangu (126918) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @08:43AM (#35952064)

    What they are doing is fraud. Sue them and use *AA scales to calculate compensatory damages. Assume each false-404 corresponds to one music download, charge the normal $75000 per song.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @08:53AM (#35952188) Journal
    It would probably be unethical to suggest arson, so I won't.
  • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @09:22AM (#35952488)

    Wire Fraud:

    Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.

    A customer is asking for one web page, mediacom is substituting another for monetary gain. How is this not wire fraud?

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