Dan Kaminsky

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Dan Kaminsky

Dan Kaminsky is a security researcher, and has spent his career advising Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Avaya, and Microsoft. Dan spent three years working with Microsoft on their Vista, Server 2008, and Windows 7 releases.

Dan is best known for his work finding a critical flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), and for leading what became the largest synchronized fix to the Internet’s infrastructure of all time. Of the seven Recovery Key Shareholders who possess the ability to restore the DNS root keys, Dan is the American representative. Dan is presently developing systems to reduce the cost and complexity of securing critical infrastructure.

Kaminsky received a substantial amount of mainstream press after disclosing a flaw in DNS, but experienced some backlash from the computer security community for not immediately disclosing his attack.


2008 pwnie award: Most Overhyped Bug

Owned by ZF0

On March 27, 2009, Kaminsky discovered that Conficker-infected hosts have a detectable signature when scanned remotely

He showed that the Sony Rootkit had infected at least 568,200 computers through DNS cache snooping.