[ih] Re: anyone remember when the root servers were hi-jacked? (fwd)
touch at ISI.EDU
Tue Nov 12 14:11:18 PST 2002
Craig Partridge wrote:
> In message <3DD15996.2020209 at rkey.com>, Craig Simon writes:
>>Also, to respond directly to Dave Crocker's note: If the directive was
>>justified on the basis that NSI was on the verge of "going rogue," then
>>why even bother to call the directive a test? I'm aware of the very
>>longstanding worry in some circles that NSI might do such a thing, but
>>it would be useful to see any documentation that might have prompted the
>>perception that -- just as the Green Paper was being released --
>>*URGENT* action was necessary, either to pre-empt NSI, or to be ready
>>"just in case."
> It is my recollection (and I confess to not tracking these events closely)
> that Jon did a "test" which was, in large part, intended to demonstrate
> where the power to site root nameservers actually sat. And so yes, it
> was a test, and yes it had a point, and because there was some political
> aspect to it, yes the timing was urgent.
FWIW, my recollection of a conversation with Jon on the subject was that
the test was intended to focus on the technical challenge - or, more to
the point, the lack thereof - of moving the master root.
That included, as Craig observes, where the power was located, as well
as how much coordination was required and on what timescale it could be
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