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A tool to spy on your DNS queries

You can think of Julia Evans’ new dnspeep tool as similar to tcpdump but specifically for watching your machine’s DNS queries.

One thing I like about this tool is that it gives me a sense for what programs on my computer are using the Internet! For example, I found out that something on my computer is making requests to ping.manjaro.org from time to time for some reason, probably to check I’m connected to the internet.

A friend of mine actually discovered using this tool that he had some corporate monitoring software installed on his computer from an old job that he’d forgotten to uninstall, so you might even find something you want to remove.

It also probably comes in handy when debugging those pesky “could it be DNS?” issues, but this might be a limitation on that front:

One thing this program doesn’t do is tell you which process made the DNS query, there’s a tool called dnssnoop I found that does that. It uses eBPF and it looks cool but I haven’t tried it.


Global NGO community demands a stop to the sale of .ORG

Over 500 organizations and 18,000 individuals have signed a letter urging the Internet Society to stop the private equity takeover of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the organization that manages the .ORG top-level domain. It’s rare that EFF, Greenpeace, Consumer Reports, Oxfam, the YMCA of the USA, and Human Rights Watch all speak out about a single issue, but the sale of .ORG affects every corner of the NGO sector.

Sounds like ICAAN can stop the sale and has already taken some action by requesting additional information for review.

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Iowa man plans armed home invasion instead of paying $20k for domain name

This story comes from Ars Technica, not The Onion:

In June 2017, Adams drove Hopkins to the domain-name owner’s house “and provided Hopkins with a demand note, which contained instructions for transferring the domain to Adams’ GoDaddy account,” the DOJ said. The heist didn’t go as planned, and both the domain-name owner and Hopkins ended up suffering gunshot wounds.

Can you imagine transferring a domain name at gun point?

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