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DNS inventor calls for security overhaul

Web site impersonation could become as great a risk as ID theft, Paul Mockapetris, the co-inventor of DNS warns. Waiting in the wings is a better security standard for the Internet’s Domain Name System. It’s called DNSSec, and it uses digital signatures to guard against impersonation. But political wrangles are holding up adoption, Mockapetris claims. A denial of service attack last October which took out seven of the Internet’s 13 DNS root-name servers last October, highlighted the fragility of the Internet’s addressing system. Mockapetris, chief scientist at Internet infrastructure firm Nominum, reckons the threat has been overplayed: people are neglecting greater, related risks, he told us. Full Story

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