[dns-operations] root? we don't need no stinkin' root!

Rubens Kuhl rubensk at nic.br
Sat Nov 30 01:32:04 UTC 2019

>> The data could have monetary value.  Passwords that are otherwise
>> difficult to come by might be leaking.
> Hi Florian,
> I can assure you that Verisign does not monetize the root server data.  If
> any other operators do, I'm not aware of it.
> We do utilize root server data for research purposes from time-to-time.
> Recent examples include the KSK rollover and name collisions.  Less recent
> examples include understanding TTL/caching behavior and preparing for the
> root ZSK size increase.  When DDoS attacks happen, we often analyze the
> data to see if we can understand how and why it happened, and to be better
> prepared for the next one.

Note that the two paragraphs above contradict each other. The current RZM is known to use root server data as anti-competitive measures against new TLD operators with the label of name collision studies, including making studies that other parties can't reproduce due to being limited to DITL data. 


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