Monday, August 4, 2008

Seattle security expert helped uncover major design flaw on Internet

Dan Kaminsky of Seattle doesn't wear a leotard and tights like other superheroes, but a few weeks ago he saved the Internet.
Kaminsky was typing away in bed in February tangled in a virtual snake pit of Ethernet cables when something sent a chill down his spine.
He had discovered a devastating design flaw that could turn the World Wide Web into a playground for criminals, leaving global commerce gridlocked.
"As soon as I saw it work the first time, I realized this was (the basis of) a universal attack," he said. "Anybody, any kid, had the ability to redirect your Internet."
He grabbed his cell phone and dialed his girlfriend, Web developer Crystal Williams.
"I broke the Internet," he told her....

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