Security Experts:

Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Application Security

Dan Kaminsky Inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

Famed hacker Dan Kaminsky has been inducted in the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking contributions to DNS (domain name system) security.

Famed hacker Dan Kaminsky has been inducted in the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking contributions to DNS (domain name system) security.

Kaminsky, who passed away suddenly in April this year, was inducted alongside a list of tech visionaries and pioneers being celebrated for “extraordinary contributions” to the worldwide availability and use of the Internet.

“Dan was an outspoken advocate of Internet security and privacy and a determined digital sleuth,” the Internet Society said in a note celebrating Kaminsky’s life, accomplishments and contributions.

“His untimely death at the age of 42 cut short a brilliant career that had by then already made the Internet stronger and more secure,” it added.

In July this year, Kaminsky was inducted into FIRST’s incident response hall of fame.

A regular presence at major security conferences and events over the years, Kaminsky is best known for his groundbreaking DNS cache-poisoning research that prompted an industry-wide scramble to address a major weakness in the way the web worked.

He is also credited with amplifying the severity of the SONY rootkit infections back in 2005.

In June 2010, Kaminsky was named by ICANN as one of the Trusted Community Representatives for the DNSSEC root.

He was a graduate of Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s degree in Operations and Management of Information Services.

Related: Security Researcher Dan Kaminsky Passes Away

Related: Barnaby Jack (1977-2013): Farewell to a Daring Wunderkind 

Written By

Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.

Click to comment

Expert Insights

Related Content

Application Security

Cycode, a startup that provides solutions for protecting software source code, emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday with $4.6 million in seed funding.


Websites of German airports, administration bodies and banks were hit by DDoS attacks attributed to Russian hacker group Killnet

Network Security

NSA publishes guidance to help system administrators identify and mitigate cyber risks associated with transitioning to IPv6.


The North Korean APT tracked as TA444 is either moonlighting from its previous primary purpose, expanding its attack repertoire, or is being impersonated by...

Malware & Threats

Microsoft plans to improve the protection of Office users by blocking XLL add-ins from the internet.

Identity & Access

Hackers rarely hack in anymore. They log in using stolen, weak, default, or otherwise compromised credentials. That’s why it’s so critical to break the...

Cloud Security

VMware vRealize Log Insight vulnerability allows an unauthenticated attacker to take full control of a target system.

IoT Security

Lexmark warns of a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability impacting over 120 printer models, for which PoC code has been published.