Thought Police Demand DNS Master Key

April 4, 2007 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Story here at Daily Kos (thanks to Strike the Root for the link). The gist:

Slashdot and Cryptome report that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is demanding the master key for the DNS root zone – a demand that has other nations alarmed. With the master key, DHS would have control over the Internet, as Slashdot describes, quoting an “anonymous reader”:

“The key will play an important role in the new DNSSec security extension, because it will make spoofing IP-addresses impossible. By forcing the IANA [Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] to hand out a copy of the master key, the US government will be the only institution that is able to spoof IP addresses and be able to break into computers connected to the Internet without much effort.”

The issue arose at Friday’s meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Lisbon, Portugal.

So if I understand this correctly (and that’s something of a longshot, given my technical ability level), they would be able to delete, edit, twist, “reform,” or otherwise hack the content of any website, any blog, anywhere.

Interesting that DHS is openly demanding the DNS master key. I imagine they’ll spin it to the bamboozled as a.) an effort to stop email phishing to spoofed website urls, and of course b.) another necessity in the war on turrah, it’s for the children, and the rest of the usual bullshite.

But if they can’t get their bloody paws on the key through open means, how much ya wanna bet they’re already working to snag it through spook methods? One way or another, we might never know when (or possibly whether) they manage it.

Ah, dear young Internet, we hardly knew ye.  Claire, it must be getting to be time pretty soon now…

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