Reuters revealed that key internet operator VeriSign Inc has been hacked repeatedly by hackers who reportedly stole undisclosed information from the company. VeriSign is a leading infrastructure company who is in charge of delivering people safely to world more than half of websites. Earlier also in 2010, the company also reported security breaches – which is primarily responsible for domain names ending in .com, .net and .gov integrity.
VeriSign said its executives “do not believe these attacks breached the servers that support our Domain Name System network,” which ensures people land at the right numeric Internet Protocol address when they type in a name such as Google.com, but it did not rule anything out.
Ken Silva, who was VeriSign’s chief technology officer for three years until November 2010, said he had not learned of the intrusion until contacted by Reuters. Given the time elapsed since the attack and the vague language in the SEC filing, he said VeriSign “probably can’t draw an accurate assessment” of the damage.
As Reuters notes, however, the company isn’t ruling anything out. Details on the attacks themselves (or the exact number and timing of them) are otherwise hard to come by, but it’s reported that VeriSign’s security staff did not notify top management until September of 2011 — although they are said to have “responded” to the attacks themselves