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DNS Pioneer Founds New Security Startup
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6/23/2014 | 7:14:17 PM
Re: Great Thinking
@Robert McDougal

While I love the idea of Paul being an uber-lord of the Internet, I wonder how much whois information is actually available to private, non-government parties? Now, I've seen scripts that comb whois records, and for those that are private, tries matches through Google searches of like info (users with emails matching the [email protected] or [email protected] of the domain), etc. Essentially a hack to pull as much information together with what is already out there as possible toward identifying the registrar and populating a database.  Hard to imagine a private party can get much more detailed information legally, unless Mr. Vixie is tied into PRISM... :-)
Robert McDougal
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6/23/2014 | 6:57:53 PM
Re: Great Thinking
This is awesome!  I imagine Mr. Vixie is leveraging his contacts within the domain registrars to pull this off.  I'm not sure if an average startup company could have provided this service.  Maybe I am wrong but to be able to access that information so quickly I would assume he would need access to information only available to the domain registrars.
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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6/23/2014 | 4:16:45 PM
Re: Great Thinking
What's interesting here is focusing on newly created domains and trying to stop them from getting established by the bad guys so quickly. And it's cool that DNS mavens Vixie and Mockapetris are behind this venture.
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6/23/2014 | 3:54:34 PM
"Criminals came along for the rid"
Great quote: "I spent most of the 1980s and 1990s making the Internet bigger and easier to use, but unfortunately, the criminals came along for the ride," 
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6/23/2014 | 3:31:12 PM
Great Thinking
Kudos, Mr. Vixie. "We're looking at a day we can tear down criminal infrastructure as fast or faster than it's built." This is a great way of thinking and hopefully one we can propagate across organizations.  Creating a database from this activity will help law enforcement and others in the cyber security industry work more efficiently with access to historic criminal domain activity.  Of course, as soon as this gets underway, the "dark side" will respond, but I assume Farsight processes and technology are designed to be as malleable as the cyber criminals are... 


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