ICANN is under attack


ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non-profit organization focused on doing their part in keeping the internet more accessible. They have just announced that there are ‘ongoing and significant’ risks to the Domain Name System (DNS), which helps direct traffic to where it needs to go. There have been increasing reports of certain attacks, which includes domain visitors being redirected to rogue servers. A number of these attacks seem to be state-sponsored attacks coming from Iran, while others come from countries like UAE and Lebanon.

They believe that some of these attacks have solutions. In most cases, using DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) would aide in securing domains with signatures that verify that you are connecting to the correct destination. This does not make it completely impossible to spoof DNS, but it does make it significantly more difficult.

ICANN is looking to gain support through a meeting in Kobe, Japan which will start on March 9th. This will most likely not lead to a solution immediately. However, this meeting will highlight the need to do something — especially when it is unlikely that the attackers will stop anytime soon.

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