Skip to comments.Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security
Posted on 03/19/2014 6:41:07 AM PDT by Star Traveler
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix.
The keyholders have been meeting four times a year, twice on the east coast of the US and twice here on the west, since 2010. Gaining access to their inner sanctum isn't easy, but last month I was invited along to watch the ceremony and meet some of the keyholders a select group of security experts from around the world. All have long backgrounds in internet security and work for various international institutions. They were chosen for their geographical spread as well as their experience no one country is allowed to have too many keyholders. They travel to the ceremony at their own, or their employer's, expense.
What these men and women control is the system at the heart of the web: the domain name system, or DNS. This is the internet's version of a telephone directory a series of registers linking web addresses to a series of numbers, called IP addresses. Without these addresses, you would need to know a long sequence of numbers for every site you wanted to visit. To get to the Guardian, for instance, you'd have to enter "22.214.171.124" instead of theguardian.com.
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Check with anyone in my household, any coworker of mine, anyone standing in line at the grocery store, anyone at the gas pumps ... and you’ll be lucky to find one ... LOL ...
So they control the www. Can a usw US Web be developed so we are not under their rules?
No, it’s not just the web, as that became useful only in the 90s. This is the “Internet” we’re talking about here, starting as far back as 1969.
There was a lot of stuff around on the Internet before Tim Berners-Lee worked on hyperlinks.
You might also check out ICANN ...
Once the UN controls it, it’ll become ICANT.
Obama plans to hand over these keys to a UN agency.
We’ll have to set up our own alternate DNS in the USA and for all others who might want to cooperate with us. Then we won’t be locked into any UN control. The DNS servers are the key to that And there’s absolutely no reason we couldn’t set up an alternate set in this country.
Wrong. They hold the phone book, not security. The Internet Hubs control security. Hacking a hub can result in an IP address request being rerouted to the NSA.