The entire internet could be hacked… seriously

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The entire internet could be hacked... seriouslyBoth Google and the software firm Red Hat have independently discovered a flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), a vulnerability that is part of a universally used code which could spread havoc far and wide across the internet. The weak spot works by tricking browsers into looking up compromised domains, causing servers to respond with DNS names which in turn cause buffer overflow in affected users’ software. This allows hackers to remotely take over a computer, software and network tools – every aspect of a system that is connected to the internet.

The implications of this flaw are vast and could have global repercussions. While a provisional patch has been generated, industry experts are calling for a change in practise and more sustainable solution to this threat. In the meantime, we can take comfort in the fact that this particular bug hasn’t yet been able to work through DNS caches, which means only some networks will be vulnerable…

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