.eu enables DNSSEC

EURid boosts security for .eu domain names Brussels, 21 June 2010 - EURid, the registry for the .eu top-level domain, is proud to announce it has implemented Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), the latest Internet standard, while maintaining almost immediate availability of newly registered domain names. DNSSEC is a protocol that verifies and validates name server responses from the bottom up through a chain of trust, thereby making the domain name system more secure.  It can prevent hackers from intercepting web traffic and redirecting it to fake websites that can trick people into supplying personal information, such as a counterfeit Internet banking site that looks like the real thing. "At this time, few top-level domain registries support DNSSEC, but we encourage all in the community to help Internet users by embracing this protocol," comments Marc Van Wesemael, EURid's General Manager.   He also noted that the DNSSEC protocol is an important achievement for EURid, which is constantly striving to improve the security of the domain names it administers. The .eu registry worked closely with some of its accredited registrars to implement DNSSEC, including Larsen Data ApS  from Copenhagen.  "We are glad to be one of the first registrars to be able to offer .eu domain names signed with the DNSSEC technology," comments Peter Larsen, CEO of Larsen Data ApS, one of the five registrars that have already signed at least one domain name. "It was important for us to work closely with our registrars to find the best way to launch DNSSEC together, in order to benefit .eu users," says Marc Van Wesemael. The .eu zone was signed on 15 June 2010. As soon as the root zone is fully DNSSEC-compliant (provisional timeline: 15 July), the chain of trust will be complete. For more information, please contact:  press@eurid.eu Megan Vosloo, EURid Communications Officer, at +32 (0)47 7797 248 or Caroline Gravel, EURid Communications Officer, at +46 (0)76 214 32 42. [HUG#1425433] Press release (PDF): http://hugin.info/136310/R/1425433/373619.pdf This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. All reproduction for further distribution is prohibited. Source: EURid via Thomson Reuters ONE