Root Name Server Abuse

I’m suprised this hasn’t appeared on Slashdot yet but I found it interesting. A study of one of the root name servers done by researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center shows 98% of queries it handles are unnecessary. 70% of the queries are duplicates, 13% are for bogus TLDs like .elvis, 7% are queries that already have an IP address in them, and 8% are assorted other minor unnecessary crap. If the root name servers were anything like our DNS servers, 90% of the queries would be unauthorized attempts to update zones coming from broken Windows boxes.

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