No dis­rup­tion in In­ter­net ser­vices, says top cy­ber se­cu­rity of­fi­cial

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - My India My Vote -

In­ter­net ser­vices across the coun­try are un­likely to be im­pacted over the next 48 hours even as the Do­main Name Sys­tem (DNS) servers un­dergo a se­cu­rity up­date co­or­di­nated by global reg­u­la­tor, In­ter­net Cor­po­ra­tion of As­signed Names and Num­bers (ICANN).

“ICANN, the global cer­ti­fy­ing author­ity for DNS se­cu­rity, had taken a de­ci­sion a year back to change the Trust Key. All ISPs were no­ti­fied to up­date their con­fig­u­ra­tion to the new key. Ac­cord­ingly, the In­ter­net Ser­vice Providers (ISP) have con­firmed that they have al­ready up­dated their DNS servers with the new key and the coun­try does not carry any risk of im­pact on In­ter­net ser­vices,” said Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Co­or­di­na­tor Gul­shan Rai in a state­ment on Fri­day. DNS servers are like the phone book for the In­ter­net which trans­lates hu­man-friendly com­puter la­bels into their re­spec­tive IP ad­dresses. If the DNS servers be­come in­ac­tive, it will be im­pos­si­ble for users to ac­cess dif­fer­ent web­sites in the ab­sence of this trans­la­tion. The ICANN’s on­go­ing main­te­nance work over the next two days is to change the cryp­to­graphic key that helps pro­tect DNS. This has been ne­ces­si­tated to counter the ris­ing in­ci­dents of cy­ber at­tacks, ICANN said. HTC

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