Magazine article Security Management

Hijacking Cyberspace

Magazine article Security Management

Hijacking Cyberspace

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WHAT IF AN ATTACKER could steal your whole business? In the world of online commerce, that's not so farfetched; in fact, it's happened several times this year, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is working to halt these online takeovers.

A report by ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee looks at the problem of domain hijacking, where a hijacker takes control of a domain name from its owner. In one case described in the paper, hackers exploited poorly enforced policies and procedures to briefly take over the domain of PANIX.com, an Internet service provider, causing the company's customers to temporarily lose service.

According to the paper, one attack occurred when the gaining registrar (registrars are the parties that register domain names; when a name is switched from one to another, there is a gaining and a losing registrar) did not properly obtain approval from the registrant, and the losing registrar did not tell PANIX. …

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