DNS Made Easy Continues to Promote Multi-Factor Authentication in Light of Recent Cyber Attacks

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The Security Measure Is Increasingly Important Amid Recent Registrar Attacks

DNS Made Easy has supported two- and three-factor authentication for years, and we anticipate adding even more layers to keep our clients’ domains as secure as possible.

In light of recent Internet downtime due to security attacks, DNS Made Easy, the world-leading IP Anycast DNS service provider, is further emphasizing the importance of multi-factor authentication. This comes shortly after hosting registrars for regional Lenovo and Google (Vietnam) domains were hijacked, according to PCWorld in the article "Lenovo, Google websites hijacked by DNS attacks" published on Feb. 26, 2015.

The registrar for the New York Times’ website, nytimes.com, also was the target of a recent cyber-attack, according to the newspaper's story, "Report Says Cyberattacks Originated Inside Iran" published on Dec. 2, 2014.

As a result of the Lenovo and Google hijackings, Internet users were redirected to different sites when attempting to access lenovo.com and google.com.vn. A hacker group named Lizard Squad took responsibility for the attacks, according to PCWorld.

DNS Made Easy experts note these attacks highlight the vulnerability of domain registrar accounts and the need for extra layers of security, such as multi-factor authentication.

"Domain and registrar hijacking is a serious concern as hackers can gain unauthorized access into a server and emails as well as have access to sensitive information," said Steven Job, president of Tiggee, parent company of DNS Made Easy.

"We encourage all companies to discuss extra security with their registrars," Job added. "It should be a company policy to enable a minimum of two-factor authentication for anything as important as DNS and domain registration. DNS Made Easy has supported two- and three-factor authentication for years, and we anticipate adding even more layers to keep our clients’ domains as secure as possible."

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) of a control panel enables additional layers of security over the default single layer. MFA is one of the most cost-effective avenues businesses can use to protect digital assets, customer data and proprietary information.

A single layer authentication may require a username and a password. A multi-factor authentication may mean providers may give users the option of receiving a unique code via text message to enter a service management portal. Other options include requiring a token-generated code or even restrict certain IP addresses.

Besides incorporating MFA, businesses also need to be prepared for other types of cyber attacks known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). These attacks are geared at taking down websites and causing internet traffic jams, which has rendered servers and networks of numerous major companies’ domains unavailable.

DNS Made Easy has made consistent progress in expanding its network to combat the growing number of DDoS attacks in recent years. DNS Made Easy recently added a new region defined for the DNS Made Easy Global Traffic Director (GTD) service in its Tokyo, Japan Point of Presence (POP) to better handle attacks and service for the Asia-Pacific area of the world.

"At DNS Made Easy, we are always investing in our infrastructure to provide the best quality experience and ROI for our clients," Job said.

To learn more about DNS Made Easy and their IP Anycast infrastructure please visit http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com.

About DNS Made Easy
DNS Made Easy is a subsidiary of Tiggee LLC, and is a world leader in providing global IP Anycast+ enterprise DNS services. DNS Made Easy implemented the industry’s first triple independent Anycast cloud architecture for maximum DNS speed and DNS redundancy. Originally launched in 2002, DNS Made Easy’s services have grown to manage hundreds of thousands of customer domains receiving more than 15 billion queries per day. Today, DNS Made Easy builds on a proud history of uptime and is the preferred DNS hosting choice for most major brands, especially companies that compare price and performance of enterprise IP Anycast alternatives.

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