I also noticed this issue recently.
I noticed a DNS Suffix of SME on my IP configuration, which may (or may not) be related to this.
I changed my IP Configuration to remove this DNS Suffix and it seems to have resolved my VPN issues.
I can't find any info on this dns suffix in google searches.
This is still an issue months after Verizon was made aware that their DNS was redirecting customers incorrectly. Now when this hapens, FiOS routers are creating port forwarding rules for this ip address and company Barefruit without the knowledge of their customers. How is an everyday user to know that this is going on as they have no idea how to log into the web interface of a router?! First level tech support at Verizon act like they have never heard of this issue when you call, it was only after they put me on the phone with Actiontech that it was immediately addressed.
Issue? its fully explained behavior. If you use the default Verizon DNS server and give it a invalid url name, instead of just giving an invalid name they will give you one with a did you mean type message and ads.
Don't like it. Manually set your DNS servner addresses from xxx.xxx.xxx.12 to xxx.xxx.xxx.14.
I found my router has been hacked as well... the remote admin port was set open and there were QOS additions made to my setting. This is very concerning... and wonder what Verizon is doing to address this?
I googled this ip address and found this discussion in this forum.
This started happening on 9/9/15 to my Citrix receiver sessions where Verizon DNS server would not resolve to the proper IP address. Malwarebytes caught and prevented the outbound connection. I fixed it by changing the DNS settings (Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) properties) to either Google or OpenDNS (I went with Google). Google is 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52.
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