𝗜𝗡𝗧. 𝗗𝗮𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗸𝘆’𝘀 𝗔𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 – 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 (𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟴)
DAN KAMINSKY, an American computer security researcher, sits in a chair alongside his friend, ARTUR BERGMAN. They both type on their computers.
DAN – “Holy moly! There’s a flaw in the DNS!”
ARTUR – “A vulnerability?”
DAN – “Yes, look! This part of the internet architecture…it’s crucial to making the internet usable.”
ARTUR – “What a find! We go from trying to speed up content delivery networks by getting the Domain Name System to use faster servers, and we end up saving the internet.”
DAN – “I gotta call the Department of Homeland Security and executives at Cisco and Microsoft to let them know I’ll start working on the fix!”
💻 Kaminsky presented the massively widespread and critical DNS vulnerability that allowed attackers to send users to malicious sites and hijack email at Black Hat, the information security conference. The exploit would allow attackers to impersonate any legitimate website and steal data.
⌨️ Without him, we’d be typing in something like 18.104.22.168 instead of just going to mjwcareers.com.
📰 The New York Times labeled Kaminsky an “Internet security savior” and “a digital Paul Revere”.
🌐 Dan Kaminsky saved the internet in 2008.
🙏 RIP, Mr. Kaminsky.
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