Sony leaks reveal Hollywood is trying to break DNS, the backbone of the internet

This adds additional information about the recent SONY Entertainment Email cyber attacks.
Our gut suspicions were spot on as we now learn about the hidden agenda to control the internet censorship and blocked internet addresses. ~Ron

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A leaked legal memo reveals a plan for blacklisting pirate sites at the ISP level

By Russell Brandom December 16, 2014

Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that’s sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that’s currently being considered by the MPAA: What if you simply erased any record that the site was there in the first place?

A bold challenge to the basic engineering of the internet

To do that, the MPAA’s lawyers would target the Domain Name System (DNS) that directs traffic across the internet. The tactic was first proposed as part of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011, but three years after the law failed in Congress, the MPAA has been looking for legal justification for the practice in existing law and working with ISPs like Comcast to examine how a system might work technically. If the system works, DNS-blocking could be the key to the MPAA’s long-standing goal of blocking sites from delivering content to the US. At the same time, it represents a bold challenge to the basic engineering of the internet, threatening to break the very backbone of the web and drawing the industry into an increasingly nasty fight with Google.

The Domain Name System is a kind of phone book for the internet, translating URLs like http://www.theverge.com into IP addresses like 192.5.151.3. Given a URL string, your computer will turn to a DNS server (often run by a local ISP or a third party like Google) to find the IP address of the corresponding server. Much like the phone book, that function is usually treated as a simple an engineering task — but a memo commissioned by the MPAA this August sketches out a legal case for blocking infringing sites from the DNS records entirely, like wiping unsavory addresses out of the phone book. You could still type http://www.piratebay.se into your browser, but without a working DNS record, you wouldn’t be able to find the site itself. If a takedown notice could blacklist a site from every available DNS provider, the URL would be effectively erased from the internet.

Without a friendly DNS provider, the URL would be effectively erased from the internet

READ MORE: theverge.com
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3 comments on “Sony leaks reveal Hollywood is trying to break DNS, the backbone of the internet
  1. RonMamita says:

    White House Confirms Sony Hack Is “National Security” Matter, Merits “Approporiate Response”

    Posted 18 Dec 2014 by zerohedge.com

    Absent YouTube clips of young North Korean hackers actually attacking Sony, the Obama administration appears to have made up its unequivocal mind that they are responsible… (even as they say the Sony hack origin is still under investigation) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-18/someone-lying
    and now…

    *SONY HACK BEING TREATED AS NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER: EARNEST
    *EARNEST SAYS SONY HACKING MERITS ‘APPROPRIATE RESPONSE’

    The White House spokesman added that daily meetings are being held on the attack. We wonder just how soon it will be before the Nobel Peace Prize winner decides it’s time to take ‘action’.

    Additionally…

    *EARNEST DECLINES TO SAY IF N. KOREA RESPONSIBLE FOR SONY HACK
    *EARNEST DECLINES TO SAY IF OBAMA, ABE TALKED SONY HACK ON CALL
    *EARNEST SAYS U.S. SIDES WITH ARTISTIC EXPRESSION ON SPEECH
    *EARNEST: PULLING `THE INTERVIEW’ A DECISION SONY SHOULD MAKE

    Of course, there’s another reason…

    *EARNEST REITERATES CONGRESS SHOULD PASS CYBERSECURITY BILL

    As Variety reports, http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/sony-hack-white-house-considering-responses-for-serious-national-security-matter-1201382706/

    The Obama administration is viewing the massive hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment as a “serious national security matter” and is considering a range of possible options as a response, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday.

    The Sony Pictures situation was the first question Earnest faced at Thursday’s midday press briefing. Earnest was careful not to say that the White House believes North Korea was behind the attack. He emphasized that the investigation into the attack is “progressing” at the FBI and Justice Department.

    Earnest made it clear that the issue has engaged top administration officials who have held daily meetings on the matter in recent days. He said the administration is considering its options once the investigations are complete. He wouldn’t specify other than to say that a response would be “consistent with how will we protect against, monitor and respond to cyber-incidents. This is something that is being treated as a serious national security matter.”

    * * *

  2. This is quite a chilling development. Good thing that the BRICS are creating an alternative Internet that bypasses the US: http://in.rbth.com/economics/2013/10/03/brics_plan_for_alternate_internet_by_2015_draws_enthusiastic_respon_29881.html

    • RonMamita says:

      Yes, I have reported on their alternative internet several times, and I follow its deployment.

      Hmm, beware of the institutions’ herding techniques during crisis.
      The U.S. may succeed in making the internet another TV for mass programming, with full mass surveillance and censorship, but who can say the BRICS’s version will be truly free of that kind of institutional influence?
      Note:
      BRICS’s silence about abolishing fractional reserve banking is deafening!

      But in the months ahead I expect they will pass CISPA, ACTA and whatever cyberterror legislation that achieves their hidden agenda. But not without a fight and it will be interesting…

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