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Domain Hackers Target internet.com

The rash of domain name attempted thefts that was first reported last week continued today with internet.com Corp., publisher of InternetNews.com, among the latest targets.

The would-be hijackers succeeded in forcing a change in the public Internic record for internet.com. As of mid-day, the WHOIS record for internet.com incorrectly listed BCS Inc. of Montreal, QC as the domain name owner. The domain name root records were not changed and traffic to the site was not affected.

internet.com technical staff was assured by NSI that the DNS records would not be re-directed and the mistake would be rectified within hours.

Alan Meckler, internet.com Corp.'s Chairman and CEO, said, "It's clear there is a security issue here that Network Solutions' needs to address," but Meckler said he was confident the appropriate steps were being taken to minimize any possible damage from this attack. "When you have valuable property, you have to expect it will be greatly sought after," Meckler said, adding that he had directed the company's legal department to pursue the matter with the FBI.

A source at Network Solutions said that NSI is already working with the FBI to track the spoofers.

In the cases reported last week, NSI had returned control of the domain names "bali.com," and "web.net" to their owners.