After an emergency meeting, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) confirmed that the global Internet infrastructure is facing
ICANN warns of “an ongoing and significant risk” to key components of the Internet infrastructure.
“The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) believes that there is an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. ” reads the ICANN’s announcement.
“They are going after the internet infrastructure itself,” ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad told AFP.
“There have been targeted attacks in the past, but nothing like this.”
Even if the attacks date back to 2017, in recent weeks the experts observed a spike in the malicious activities against the Internet infrastructure, threat actors are targeting the Domain Name System or DNS which are responsible for traffic rounting.
According to the ICANN, threat actors aim at snooping and hijacking traffic, for this reason, it is necessary the hardening of the Internet
“There isn’t a single tool to address this,” Conrad said.
At the end of January, the DHS issued a notice of a CISA emergency directive urging federal agencies of improving the security of government-managed domains (i.e. .gov) to prevent DNS
The notice was issued by the DHS and links the emergency directive
Emergency Directive 19-01 titled “Mitigate DNS Infrastructure Tampering.”
Earlier January, security experts at FireEye uncovered a DNS hijacking campaign that is targeting government agencies, ISPs
These malicious activities could allow attackers to carry out cyber espionage campaign or temporarily break portions of the I
ICANN urged implementation of DNSSEC technology to prevent traffic hijacking. DNSSEC can also prevent internet users from being misdirected from intended websites, according to ICANN.
“In the context of increasing reports of malicious activity targeting the DNS infrastructure, ICANN is calling for