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More Secure .ORG Domain Names On The Horizon

Published June 24, 2010

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) for the .org domain name extension has announced it is ready to become the first generic top-level domain (gTLD) to offer full deployment of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).

DNSSEC was designed to protect Internet resolvers (clients) from forged DNS data through digital signing. By checking the digital signature, a DNS resolver is able to determine if the information is identical to the information on the authoritative DNS server. DNSSEC can also be used to protect other information cryptographic certificates stored in CERT records in the DNS. DNSSEC could also be used as a worldwide public key infrastructure for email.

"DNSSEC serves as tamperproof packaging for DNS by not only preventing identity theft as a result of "man-in-the-middle attacks", but also enabling innovation in applications that rely on DNS," says Alexa Raad, CEO of .ORG, while attending an international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Brussels, Belgium.

Raad says with .ORG being the first generic top-level domain (TLD) to rollout DNSSEC, while it won't solve all the problems involved in cybersecurity, it represents a significant step closer to a more secure Domain Name System.

Registrars can offer added security protection to their customers by enabling .ORG website owners to sign their respective domain name with DNSSEC validation keys. Benefits to registrants include the added ability to thwart certain types of cyber attacks, cache poisoning and domain name hijacking - all often used to spread malware and execute identify theft related fraud.

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