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Re: Is the .to (Tonga) domain completely rogue and should beremoved?
- From: Alex Kamantauskas
- Date: Wed Sep 30 15:59:28 1998
On Wed, 30 Sep 1998, Barry Shein wrote:
> In support of this assertion I want to show you an SMTP conversation
> with what claims to be the Consulate of the Government of Tonga in San
> Francisco (This San Francisco office is listed as an official Tongan
> contact point for visas etc by the US State Dept):
> world% telnet sfconsulate.gov.to 25
> Trying 220.127.116.11...
> Connected to sfconsulate.gov.to.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> 220 colo.to SMTP ready, Who are you gonna pretend to be today?
> VRFY postmaster
> 500 Bloody Amateur! Proper forging of mail requires recognizable SMTP commands!
Well, beyond the cutesy error messages, at least relaying is turned off.
fz(alexk):[~] telnet sfconsulate.gov.to 25
Connected to sfconsulate.gov.to.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 colo.to SMTP ready, Who are you gonna pretend to be today?
250 colo.to Is thrilled beyond bladder control to meet tugger.net
mail from: firstname.lastname@example.org
250 sender is email@example.com, (yeah sure, it's probably forged)
rcpt to: firstname.lastname@example.org
550 NOPE UNKNOWN(18.104.22.168), I don't allow unauthorized relaying.
> Viewing the web page for the Tongan Consulate in the US
> (http://sfconsulate.gov.to) reveals nothing but an ad for a software
> company, this page ends with:
> Need a domain name? Contact the Kingdom of Tonga Internet domain name
> Consequently, I assert there is no reason for this domain to exist and
> it should be removed from the root name servers.
> -Barry Shein
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