Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

An essay by Dan Greer, Chief Information Security Officer at In-Q-Tel, debases an otherwise thoughtful (if jargon-ridden) essay with this howler:

At the same time, the recent decision of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to wildly proliferate the number of top-level domains and the character sets in which domains can be enumerated is the single most criminogenic act ever taken in or around the digital world.

(h/t to igp_blog)

It's not clear exactly what he believes the relationship to be here. Is IPv6 "criminogenic" because it lets more machines have publicly available addresses (and thus, presumably, be vulnerable to attack and more useful as attackers?) From the general tone of the essay, perhaps he believes that having more parties involved in naming reduces security--- yet, with 250 top-level domains in existence today, and numerous registrars, it seems to me like the potential for bad actors or compromise is already pretty close to saturation.

I would perhaps suggest the addition of a TCP/IP stack to Windows as a far more crime-producing event. ;)
Tags: dns, essay, policy, security
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