In late 2003, Slashdot
reported that a Belkin engineer had come clean on USENET
about a "fault" in Belkin router
s. Some of the routers hijack
ed a random HTTP
request and directed said request to a signup page for a parental control
service. It was said that this could be turned off in router setup
, but the nerd news
community were outraged anyway.
The general arguments were that a router that doesn't route random
packets properly isn't a router and is generally considered faulty. The sane
people, who reminded others that this could be turned off before even once seeing a signup
screen, were swiftly drowned out by the crowd-following slashbot
s trumpeting their own personal boycott
of Belkin, having found a new anti-something bandwagon to hop on.
Sigh, net users...