Warning: Why your Internet might fail on May 5
May 01, 2010, 03:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brett Winterford)
"Network managers are being urged to run a series of checks on
their routers and firewalls to ensure their users will still be
able to connect to internet sites in the wake of a major change to
the internet's domain name system next week.
"On May 5, the world's top domain authorities (led by ICANN, the
US Government and Verisign) will complete the first phase of the
roll-out of DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) across
the 13 root servers that direct user requests to the relevant
websites on the internet.
"The DNSSEC upgrade adds a digital signature to the response
from every DNS (Domain Name Server) request to give an internet
user an extra level of assurance that the domain name is translated
to the correct Internet location (such as a website, or email