In late 2003, Slashdot reported that a Belkin engineer had come clean on USENET about a "fault" in Belkin routers. Some of the routers hijacked 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 slashbots trumpeting their own personal boycott of Belkin, having found a new anti-something bandwagon to hop on.

Sigh, net users...