Saturday, March 31, 2012
Major attack on Internet DNS system was rumored to be in the works for Saturday
Somini Sengupta is covering the “rumor” of a major attack on the Internet’s Domain Name System that was to happen today, Saturday March 31, 2012, as in a lead story in the Business Day section of the New York Times, latest link here.
In August 2008, I covered the stories of a major weakness in the DNS system on my “ID theft” blog; this resulted in emergency meetings at Microsoft and various operating system patches in July 2008.
Attackers were supposedly going to direct traffic at certain sites (with zombie computers) in such a way as to serious challenge DNS servers around the world, but there is no evidence so far that this has really happened.