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Hackers attack the Internet itself: ICANN breached

Hackers attack the Internet itself: ICANN breached
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Sony is having a rough month after hackers broke into its systems, stole just about everything, released damaging emails and other private information online, shut down Sony's studio, and then forced it to back down on releasing the movie "The Interview." If that isn't enough to scare every company out there, nothing is.

Of course, Sony is hardly the last hack you'll see, and not even the last one this year, as we're now finding out. As the Sony hack was dominating headlines, hackers were hitting an even more worrying target.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is the company that regulates domain names and a number of other basic Internet technologies. It has revealed that hackers compromised its systems earlier this month.

The breach gave hackers access to multiple email accounts, the content management systems of certain ICANN blogs, ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee wiki (including members-only sections), and ICANN’s centralized zone data system, or CZDS, which contains ... basically everything related to the management of domains.

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