DNS Survey Results Pandora's Box of Both Frightening and Hopeful Results, Says Cricket Liu

By CircleID Reporter

The fifth-annual survey of domain name servers (DNS) on the public Internet — called a "Pandora's box of both frightening and hopeful results" — was released today by The Measurement Factory in partnership with Infoblox. Cricket Liu, Vice President of Architecture at Infoblox and author of O'Reilly & Associates' DNS and BIND, DNS & BIND Cookbook says: "Of particular interest is the enormous growth in the number of Internet-connected name servers, largely attributable to the introduction by carriers of customer premises equipment (CPE) with embedded DNS functionality. This equipment represents a significant risk to the rest of the Internet, as without proper access controls, it facilitates enormous DDoS attacks."

Following are the key 2009 DNS survey results from the survey — along with positive, negative, or neutral "consequence" ratings — based on a sample that included 5 percent of the IPv4 address space, nearly 80 million addresses.

Related Links: Executive Summary, Press Release

Related topics: Cybersecurity, DDoS, DNS, DNS Security