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Unknown individuals have redirected the website of One Nation's Pauline Hanson so that anyone who attempts to visit it will be sent to the website of the Refugee Council of Australia.

The redirect occurs both when using the unencrypted and encrypted URLs for Hanson's website.

A domain name expert told iTWire that the redirect was a 301, meaning that it was permanent and the most mischievous type of redirect to implement.

The expert, who wished to remain anonymous, said the timestamp on the DNS record was 14 January.

This meant that the domain name — paulinehanson.com.au — could have expired and someone could have taken over the DNS, rather than it being redirected.

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A connection to the Hanson site shows that it resolves to the RCA website.

Hanson is known not to be overly sympathetic towards refugees.

The IP for the site resolves to 103.42.108.46 which is owned by Synergy Wholesale, a company that is located in Narre Warren, a suburb of Melbourne.

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Unexpected end-point: the Refugee Council of Australia website.

Anyone who visits the site while it is in this state, will be sent to the RCA site even after the issue is fixed.

One would have to clear one's browser cache in order to avoid this happening after a fix is in place.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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