Internic Security

Barry James bjames at
Mon Mar 11 13:57:32 UTC 1996

I just got off the phone with Internic after a very disturbing 
discovery.  I received a call from a client asking why their 
Administrative/Techinical/Zone contact was someone they had never seen 
before.  When checking it, it seemed like somehow this person had been 
put on many of our registered domains.  Upon closer inspection, I 
realized that the NIC Handle was the same; it was just who owned it that 
was different.
   Somehow, the Internic Handle was overwritten.  This was our CEOs 
handle (MP122) and it was on EVERY single domain we owned.  I was 
somewhat surprised that such a basic service as registering NIC Handles 
could be overwritten.  Well, I just got another call from a client asking 
close to the same thing.  This time, upon inspection, it seems our VPs 
handle was overwritten - and by our closest competitor!
   Everytime I've called the Internic about this matter (with the 
exception of one time) I have gotten excellent service, but no answer on 
how this happened or if they can ensure it won't happen again.  Does 
anyone else out there have their NIC Handles overwritten?  Does anyone 
know the security procedure they use to guard the Handles?  I can 
understand the first time it happening to us, but the second time?  I 
really need some statistics on how often this happens so I can determine 
if I should be paranoid or no. ;-)



Sr Internet Engineer
Mikrotec Internet Services

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