The Story of the Kaminsky DNS Hack

By Deane Barker on December 2, 2008

Secret Geek A-Team Hacks Back, Defends Worldwide Web: Great little story about the Kaminsky DNS hack. It really helps you understand the gravity of what happened, and what could of happened. Without being too dramatic, the entire integrity of the Internet was at stake. Everything could have come down.

Kaminsky froze. This was far more serious than anything he could have imagined. It was the ultimate hack. He was looking at an error coded into the heart of the Internet’s infrastructure. This was not a security hole in Windows or a software bug in a Cisco router. This would allow him to reassign any Web address, reroute anyone’s email, take over banking sites, or simply scramble the entire global system. The question was: Should he try it?

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Comments

  1. As i looked at the comments i noticed there’s a lot of people ticked off at Kaminsky, just for snitching. It makes me wonder how many others knew about it, but didn’t do anything, b/c it was in their best interest not to exploit this flaw.

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