More Security on .gov Domain

Susan Hall

The federal government is deploying an authentication mechanism so visitors to government Web sites can be sure the sites are authentic, reports Network World.


Though the technology won't stop those phony e-mails purporting to be from the IRS or the FBI, DNS Security Extensions prevents hackers from hijacking sites on the .gov top-level domain and redirecting people elsewhere. It provides digital signatures and public-key encryption to verify the Web sites' domain names and corresponding IP addresses.


Rollout is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

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