DNS takeover, 1998

Jon Postel, researcher and original DNS registrar, temporarily takes back two thirds of the internet naming authority from the U.S. government with a single email:

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 17:04:11 -0800
From: postel@ISI.EDU
Subject: root zone secondary service
Cc: postel@ISI.EDU, iana@ISI.EDU

The following messages is pgp signed by “iana “.




As the Internet develops there are transitions in the management
The time has come to take a small step in one of those
transitions. At some point on down the road it will be appropriate for
the root domain to be edited and published directly by the IANA.

As a small step in this direction we would like to have the
secondaries for the root domain pull the root zone (by zone transfer)
directly from IANA’s own name server.

This is “DNSROOT.IANA.ORG” with address

The data in this root zone will be an exact copy of the root zone
currently available on the A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET machine. There is no
change being made at this time in the policies or procedures for
making changes to the root zone.

This applies to the root zone only. If you provide secomdary service
for any other zones, including TLD zones, you should continue to
obtain those zones in the way and from the sources you have been.

– –jon.

Jon Postel
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
c/o USC – ISI, Suite 1001
4676 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695

Talk: +1-310-822-1511
Fax: +1-310-823-6714


Version: 2.6.2


SOURCE: http://www.rfc-editor.org/pipermail/internet-history/2002-November/000376.html

All but the U.S. government secondary name servers agreed to switch.

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