[registration-issues-wg] [CPWG] [technical-issues] Cyberspies Hijacked the Internet Domains of Entire Countries

Marita Moll mmoll at ca.inter.net
Sat Apr 20 05:36:06 UTC 2019

There's no denying the potential end user impact.


On 4/20/2019 4:24 AM, Holly Raiche wrote:
> Hi Olivier
> Why isn’t this something that ALAC should take up?
> Holly
>> On Apr 20, 2019, at 3:30 AM, Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com 
>> <mailto:ocl at gih.com>> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues,
>> I have just read an article on Wired that speaks of mass scale cyber 
>> attacks on the DNS:
>> https://www.wired.com/story/sea-turtle-dns-hijacking/
>> This looks very serious indeed. Furthermore, it appears to be 
>> happening on domains that are not DNSSEC enabled/signed. And of 
>> course, this is a known vulnerability. But one thing that has somehow 
>> shocked me was that one of the way to avoid this was using a 
>> "Registry Lock" which many Registries were unwilling to implement.
>> Is it time to (a) ask SSAC what this is all about and (b) get the 
>> ICANN Board to mandate an essential security implementation before 
>> the whole DNS falls apart for lack of trust? Or is this article way 
>> too alarmist? My big concern at the moment is that if I was a 
>> Government representative, I'd ask "who runs this DNS?" and upon 
>> being told it's ICANN, I'd think that ICANN is incompetent in making 
>> the DNS safe from attack. As a result -> DNS is a critical resource 
>> -> get it run by countries rather than this incompetent organisation. 
>> (a lose-lose for all of us)
>> Kindest regards,
>> Olivier
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