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DNS pioneer warns of Internet security

The Internet community can ill afford to rest on its laurels as far as DNS security is concerned. When it comes to the Domain Name System, the database architecture at the heart of the Internet infrastructure for the last 20 years, “the majority of the work to be done still lies ahead of us,” said Paul V. Mockapetris who co-invented DNS. Mockapetris received the 2003 IEEE Internet Award for his pioneering work on DNS on Tuesday (April1). Mockapetris warned that efforts need to be made to improve its security especially since the October 2002 attacks on 9 of the Internet’s 13 DNS root-name servers that contain the master domain list for DNS and the March 27th 2003 hacker attacks on the al-Jazeera network, part of which were DNS-based. “The attacks illustrate that we need more secure and fail-safe models [for the Internet] in the future,” he explained. Full Story

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