Dan Kaminsky, the computer consultant who found a fundamental vulnerability in the Web’s DNS, so fundamental, it could have given him theoretical control over every domain on the Web, will be giving a last-minute talk tonight at HacDC. He’ll be talking about this amazing story as well as talking about some current research, to be officially announced on Monday.
Over the Christmas holiday, I read Dan Suarez’s book Daemon, a “killer Internet” thriller. It’s Dan’s first novel, and it’s not without its flaws, but it’s pretty gripping and he does a great job of incorporating, and extrapolating upon, current high-tech hardware and network technologies and how these might be used in extraordinarily destructive, evil ways. It’s downright unnerving in sections. One night, reading in bed, unnerved, I got up to… ah… visit a different room of my house. I picked up the latest Wired and began scanning through it. The next thing I knew, I was enthralled by Joshua Davis’ December Wired piece on Kaminsky and the DNS discovery. It was almost as unsettling as my Daemon read, but this was real! It was a bit of a struggle to get back to sleep that night, one of those creepy moments where fantasy leaks into reality.
[Read MAKE Editor and Publisher Dale Dougherty’s review of Daemon on Boing Boing.]