Jul 282011
Should Uncle Sam Mess with the DNS?

There’s a debate going on right now in governmental and technical circles on how best to combat copyright and patent infringement online. A bill called the PROTECT IP Act would allow the government to secure a court order and then force an ISP to stop resolving the offending domain name to its corresponding I.P. address. […]

Jan 252011
The Dark Internet

I consult on communication issues for Neustar, an Internet infrastructure company. Neustar works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth operation of many critical systems like DNS, the .us and .biz domain extensions, local number portability and digital rights management. One of the cool things about working for them is the chance to attend the […]

Dec 152009
'Tis the Season for DNS Innovation

The first two weeks in December haven’t just been the glide path to Christmas this year. 2009 has belatedly turned into a year of innovation and business moves around the Domain Name System (DNS), a vital but under-appreciated protocol essential for the proper functioning of the Internet. All this news may finally propel awareness of […]

Feb 162009

Microsoft reached back to the days of the Old West last Thursday to battle an online worm that has infected millions of computer worldwide. It put out a bounty and assembled a “posse” to catch the bad guys. Microsoft announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the author(s) of […]

Aug 062008
Kaminsky "Officially" Reveals DNS Flaw at Black Hat

Dan Kaminsky has had quite a month. Early in July, it was announced that months earlier he had discovered a major security problem with DNS, the addressing system of the Internet. But he didn’t make the news public. Instead he worked for months behind the scenes with major technology providers so patches could be programmed […]

Jul 092008

Tuesday a big story broke that could have impacted millions of web users. A researcher discovered a major security flaw involving the Domain Name System (DNS), and instead of selling the information or using it to market himself he went to major internet vendors and discussed the vulnerability with them. Today Microsoft, Cisco, Sun and […]

May 152008

Lots of good reporting lately on the $13.9B purchase of EDS by HP. Many are saying its the clearest sign yet that cloud computing has fully arrived. Others say the purchase is more about buying market share and becoming the world’s #2 IT outsourcing company, behind IBM. Rob Hof of BusinessWeek has a really good […]