An Open Network Protocol Question

Are DNS machines like “bad” money (i.e., “bad money drives out good”)? Or is the network more robust? Or do we need to do something about it? Use of rogue DNS servers on rise — pdf

Mendacious machines controlled by hackers that reroute Internet traffic from infected computers to fraudulent Web sites are increasingly being used to launch attacks, according to a paper published this week by researchers with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Google Inc.

The paper estimates roughly 68,000 servers on the Internet are returning malicious Domain Name System results, which means people with compromised computers are sometimes being directed to the wrong Web sites — and often have no idea.

The conference: 15th Annual Network & Distributed System Security Symposium; the paper abstract — Corrupted DNS Resolution Paths: The Rise of a Malicious Resolution Authority

So What?

Eavesdropping Law Is Likely to Lapse

Broad spying powers temporarily approved by Congress in August appear likely to lapse this week after a daylong game of chicken on Wednesday between the White House and House Democrats produced no clear resolution.

[…] House Democratic leaders tried to obtain a 21-day reprieve to allow more time to negotiate before the temporary measure expires on Friday night. But the proposal was defeated in the face of opposition from liberals who are against the surveillance plan and conservatives who favor it.

House Democrats now say they may simply let the deadline pass without acting on the Senate plan.

Mr. Bush maintained on Wednesday that letting the broadened surveillance powers lapse “would jeopardize the security of our citizens.”

Democrats insisted that a lapse would have no real effect.

As I noted earlier, I agree completely with this Democratic claim. After all, this President has never felt that he is bound by the law anyway, so what difference does it make whether the conference committee puts together something or not?

If anything, we may get to see someone ask the President why he cares, since he was perfectly happy to conduct warrantless surveillance when it was illegal — what’s stopping him now? Some kind of new desire to hew to the dictates of the US Government? Hard to believe.