Google Buys VeriSign (not really)

By Karl Auerbach
Karl Auerbach

No that's not really happening, Google is not buying VeriSign.

But given Google's ravenous appetite for data, it might find VeriSign quite attractive.

VeriSign has both root domain name servers and servers for the .com and .net top level domains (TLDs).

VeriSign could data mine the queries coming into those servers and produce a very valuable real-time stream of what users on the net are doing.  (VeriSign could sell that data not only to marketing analysts but also to certain governmental agencies who shall remain nameless.)

(For more information about what one could get from a root or TLD server see What Could You Do With Your Own Root Server?)

Google just bought Postini — and one would have to be fairly naive to believe that Google does not intend to dredge through all of that email passing through Postini.

So, perhaps we should not be surprised if my headline someday becomes true.

By Karl Auerbach, Chief Technical Officer at InterWorking Labs. Visit the blog maintained by Karl Auerbach here.

Related topics: Cybersecurity, DNS, Domain Names, Registry Services, New TLDs

Comments

Re: Google Buys VeriSign (not really) Frank Schilling  –  Jul 10, 2007 1:01 PM PDT

I think it probably will Karl.  And you thought Double-Click had anti-trust issues..  Where navigation and search meet --> GoogleSign

Re: Google Buys VeriSign (not really) John Berryhill  –  Jul 12, 2007 8:33 PM PDT

"Sell" data to government agencies?

Nawwww.... you think?

http://www.verisign.com/verisign-inc/corporate-overview/Board_of_Directors/page_DEV029893.html

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Re: Google Buys VeriSign (not really) Keynes  –  Jul 15, 2007 6:42 PM PDT

Perhaps they'll go with Googsign? After that Microsoft will play tit-for-tat, and buy up every remaining private infrastructure company. Realistically, I agree with Frank that the DOJ would halt such a deal ASAP, not to mention the reaction from civil libertarians.