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By mistake typed www.nanog.com while trying to visit http://www.nanog.org/ and landed to localhost. The url www.nanog.com resolves to localhost somehow, even with google's DNS server.

Just for curiosity sake, does any one have any idea why www.nanog.com resolves to localhost?

C:\Windows\System32>nslookup www.nanog.com Server: google-public-dns-a.google.com Address:

Non-authoritative answer: Name: www.nanog.com Address:

C:\Windows\System32>nslookup www.nonexistingwebsite.com Server: google-public-dns-a.google.com Address:

* google-public-dns-a.google.com can't find www.nonexistingwebsite.com: Non-existent domain


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closed as not a real question by voretaq7 Nov 6 '12 at 20:14

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DNS admins can set the records up however they like. Perhaps the admin wanted to set www.nanog.com to for testing purposes. In a past job I set quit to resolve to a CNAME of type.exit.you.fool because nslookup in interactive mode doesn't accept quit as a command to quit the program, and that was just a pointed reminder. –  cjc Nov 6 '12 at 20:08
@Faisal: you were trying to browse www.nanog.org but you looked at www.nanog.com, which resolves to –  petrus Nov 6 '12 at 20:29

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Because the owner of the domain name set it up that way.

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That makes sense. Thanks. –  Faisal Nov 6 '12 at 20:27

It resolves to localhost because the DNS admin for nanog.com domain created an A record pointing to

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