Warning issued over attacks on internet infrastructure

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "Key parts of the internet infrastructure face large-scale attacks that threaten the global system of web traffic, the internet's address keeper warned Friday.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) declared after an emergency meeting 'an ongoing and significant risk' to key parts of the infrastructure that affects the domains on which websites reside.

    'They are going after the internet infrastructure itself,' ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad told AFP...

    'There have been targeted attacks in the past, but nothing like this...'

    The attacks date back as far as 2017 but have sparked growing concerns from security researchers in recent weeks, which prompted the special meeting of ICANN...

    The malicious activity targets the Domain Name System or DNS which routes traffic to intended online destinations...

    ICANN specialists and others say these attacks have a potential to snoop on data along the way, sneakily send the traffic elsewhere or enable the attackers to impersonate or "spoof" critical websites...

    'There is evidence that it is coming out of Iran and being done in support of Iran.'

    ICANN held an emergency meeting and is putting out word to website and online traffic handlers to ramp up security or leave users vulnerable to being tricked into trusting the wrong online venues..."

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/warning-issued-over-attacks-internet-infrastructure-231420815.html
     
  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Hey, the US does this too. Even more effectively than Iran does. But at least, for the US, the targets are arguably "bad". Such as "piracy", "child porn", "terrorism", and so on.
     
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