Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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RE[7]: Enough already
by Alfman on Mon 24th Jun 2013 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Enough already"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Lennie,

"The root operators actually can refuse to accept changes."

The root keys aren't intended to be changed, if they were it would be a big deal.

"The root operators are multiple independent organisations."

We need to distinguish between the TLDs and the DNSSEC root key. In theory either could be compromised, but it's the private component of the static root key that would give an attacker the capability to subvert DNSSEC in it's entirety.

It's said that the root key was divided by ICANN unto 7 individuals residing in different countries: Britain, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic. The official procedure is for five to be present on US soil to reveal the root key. (I'm learning some of this right now, so feel free to cite corrections if I'm mistaken on something)

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/07/dnssec_root_key.html

Edit: I'm not sure how difficult it would be for the NSA to obtain the keys from these individuals. They might bug the computers being used (hardware or software), they might copy the keys while the individuals are sleeping, some might be hired by the NSA, there's blackmail/threats, etc. I can only speculate here since I have no actual experience with espionage ;)

Edited 2013-06-24 13:11 UTC

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