.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR), has announced key milestones with Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC). With DNSSEC, Internet users know that their Internet-based communications such as web site visits and email correspondence actually connect to the parties they intend to reach. DNSSEC thwarts attacks such as pharming, cache poisoning, and DNS redirection that have been used to commit fraud, distribute malware, or steal personal or confidential information. (For more, click here).

Key Milestones for DNSSEC within the .ORG Domain include:

  • .ORG was successfully signed with DNSSEC on June 2, 2009.
  • The .ORG key was pushed to the Interim Trust Anchor Repository (ITAR) on June 26, 2009 and picked up by the DNSSEC Look-Aside Validation (DLV) on July 6, 2009.
  • The first scheduled Zone Signing Key (ZSK) rollover was successfully completed on July 2, 2009.
  • Successful manual insertion of DNSSEC data for 18 domains in the Friends & Family phase.

PIR has a successfully signed 18 domains that will be tested in a controlled environment during its Friends & Family phase. PIR will work closely with each domain holder through every phase of the testing to mitigate risks and capture lessons learned prior to the scheduled 2010 full production launch.

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