Project Titan: Verisign moves to strengthen DNS infrastructure

Project Titan: Verisign moves to strengthen DNS infrastructure

Summary: SAN FRANCISCO -- Just days after unknown attackers launched denial-of-service attacks against the root servers that help manage the world's Internet traffic, Verisign announced the launch of a major initiative to significantly increase its daily DNS query capacity -- from 400 billion queries a day currently to 4 trillion queries a day.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Just days after unknown attackers launched denial-of-service attacks against the root servers that help manage the world's Internet traffic, Verisign announced the launch of a major initiative to significantly increase its daily DNS query capacity -- from 400 billion queries a day currently to 4 trillion queries a day.Verisign Project Titan

The new Project Titan had been in the works long before this week's attacks -- which nearly took out three of the 13 Internet root servers -- but it could not have come at a more sensitive time.

The grand plan, which will cost in excess of $100 million, is to increase the capabilities of VeriSign's infrastructure to manage the wild growth in Web activity (think about the demands caused by e-commerce, social networking and Web-enabled wireless devices) while getting the adjoining security benefits.

In an announcement, Verisign said it will scale its proprietary constellation of resolution systems to increase their bandwidth from over 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) to greater than 200 Gbps. In addition, by distributing its infrastructure to many more locations around the globe, the .com and .net systems will have greater redundancy and reduced latency, providing an improved experience for users by reducing bottlenecks and increasing speed.

VeriSign also plans to build new NOCs (network operations centers) in Delaware and Europe to manage Internet traffic and counter region-specific cyber attacks and threats.

The plans also call the monitoring of Internet traffic anomalies to serve as an early warning system for cyber attacks.

Verisign is the keeper of of the critical infrastructure that handles registration and resolution traffic for the .com and .net systems. It manages about 24 billion Domain Name System (DNS) queries a day and operates the "A" and "J" root servers, which serve as the central directory to route Internet traffic to other top level domains.

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  • ...which nearly took out three of the 13 Internet root servers...

    Funny, that's not the way the news read when announced earlier. <br><br><i>"It is an unusual large amount of traffic that is hitting DNS servers," said John Crain, chief technical officer at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which operates one of the main so-called root DNS servers. "We see large attacks on a regular basis, but this hit quite a few servers, so it was fairly large."

    Yet the DNS servers were able to withstand the onslaught, Crain added. "It was irritating. It ruined my night's sleep. It was extraordinary in the fact that it happened to multiple systems at once, but this is not affecting Internet users," he said.</i><br><br>I suspect that Verisign is overinflating their importance here.
    swoopee
    • hehe yea, they need to get their name in the news somehow.

      I bet that attack was one that was conducted by the same person or persons who infected several popular websites.
      Been_Done_Before
  • Stolen story?

    Sure looks like you just rewrote this story from yesterday:

    http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=116805
    burn0050
  • REGISTERED USER IS A COP WITH A GUN

    Who is working with the government here?This system depends on corporations linking to web hosts and web hosts somehow linking in to the Telephone system.With this system your corporate e-mail sits in the web host's computer.
    BALTHOR