Domain Name Servers (DNS) were still functional during the weekend. There were reported claims to bring down this collection of important servers in the hopes of more cyberterrorism. However, while there are only 13 root servers, they are replicated into hundreds of machines around the globe using a variety of protocol tricks, and recently efforts were accelerated to further protect the roots, too. But I learned a valuable DNS lesson of my own last week, unrelated to the supposed plans of this hacker group. And that is: Treat DNS with the respect that it deserves. I lost several hours of productivity to debugging some beta software on my Mac when I was on the road. Hopefully, after you read this, you will be more careful than I was in what you place on your own equipment. If we are going to bring more of our own devices into work, we have to be better at what changes we make to them, too.
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