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Press Release: ICANN Statement on Hacking of Network Solutions' Servers

2 July 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNET CORPORATION FOR ASSIGNED NAMES AND NUMBERS (ICANN) STATEMENT ON HACKING OF NETWORK SOLUTIONS' SERVERS

Marina Del Rey, CA (July 2, 1999) - For several hours earlier today, access to the server which hosts the ICANN Web site was disrupted. The information on ICANN's Web site is administrative in nature and was not damaged.

We have since been made aware of a concerted effort to tamper with some of the servers currently operated by Network Solutions, Inc. of Herndon, Virginia. The incident, which is potentially criminal, has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials. An investigation into the source of the attack, and the manner in which it was carried out, is currently underway. While there is no evidence that the servers under its control have been harmed, ICANN is taking the appropriate measures to protect its equipment located at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California.

ICANN condemns this action as an attempt to undermine the stability of the domain name system and will cooperate fully with any investigation into the matter.

About ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the new non-profit corporation that was formed to take over responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions now performed under U.S. Government contract by IANA and other entities.

Contact: Joe Sheffo
Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
415-923-1660
jsheffo@alexanderogilvy.com


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