Big holes in net’s heart revealed

The research prompted the FBI to make its site more secure

Simple attacks could let malicious hackers take over more than one-third of the net’s sites, reveals research.

The finding was uncovered by researchers who analysed how the net’s addressing system works.

They also found that if the simple attacks were combined with so-called denial-of-service attacks, 85% of the net becomes vulnerable to take-over.

The researchers recommended big changes to the net’s addressing system to tackle the vulnerability at its heart.

 

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