In a new twist in the online world we know as the internet, hackers have begun to target websites themselves in what seems to be the newest round for the battle over the control of the internet. There is no single owner of the internet as we all know it but there needs to be some form of regulating body or organization that must keep order to make sense of all the information out on the net. Turkish hackers have targeted two sites who just happened to be the ones responsible for keeping order on the net. Both the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) have been hijacked by hackers, redirecting users to other sites whilst downloading a nasty payload of malware in their wake. The deregulation of the internet naming conventions and other technical restrictions is set to go into full swing this coming 2009.
Incidentally, these two internet governing bodies have agreed to announce that they are going to announce a relaxation of rules and regulations that governs the naming and apportioning of resources of the internet making it more user friendly in terms of naming conventions. The country designators might remain but you might be surprised to get web sites named; BankofAmerica.bank instead of BankofAmerica.com.
The hackers have been contacted and they have admitted ownership of the acts but they have kept their hijacking methods out of sight, true to the hacker tradition. This incident raises the risks of the upcoming unleashing of the naming convention methods about the validity of the web sites and the true aim of their owners. The hackers goal was to again reiterate that there is no one owner of the internet and that they (hackers) can do whatever they wish with it and with the knowledge they possess that is a very likely scenario.
Source : CRN News