On-going Internet Emergency and Domain Names

alex at pilosoft.com alex at pilosoft.com
Sat Mar 31 14:24:04 UTC 2007

On Sat, 31 Mar 2007, Gadi Evron wrote:

> > domains listed on http://isc.sans.org/, is that an authoritative site
> > of botnet hunters? If so, there are couple of surprises for you.  
> > baidu.com listed there is a chinese equivalent of google, who'd get
> > very upset if its domain name got "revoked". Similarly, alexa.com.
> > 
> > There needs to be due process for these actions. And once we close
> > this vector, I'm sure that botnets will simply migrate away from DNS
> > to some other protocol.
> YOu shouldn't confuse TCP/IP for the control channel of the botnets
> which is IRC, HTTP, etc.
I'm not sure I understand your point. Intarweb Storm Center listed a
number of domain names "involved in these attacks", presumably so the
registrars/registries pull the DNS records. I am pointing out that at
least two of the ones listed are innocent.

What does TCP/IP or IRC or HTTP have to do with anything?

> DNS is not going anywhere, patch for the hosts file or not.
Glad you understand that.

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