Finding the story: Using DNS search for investigative journalism

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Paul Vixie of Farsight Security
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Mariner Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn how to use DNSDB Scout, a tool to query DNSDB, a historical passive Domain Name System (DNS) database, to discover previously unknown online connections and gain new information to advance your investigations. DNSDB Scout is available for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Dr. Paul Vixie, an internet pioneer who was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 for his work related to DNS, will provide a brief DNS primer before providing the journalists a hands-on opportunity, using DNSDB, to examine the online footprint of a well-known political network to uncover dozens of its affiliated organizations.

**You must bring a laptop with Firefox and Google Chrome installed for this workshop. Logins will be provided to use DNSDB.

Basic knowledge of the Domain Name System (DNS) is helpful, but not required.

Speaker Bios

  • Dr. Paul Vixie is an Internet pioneer and CEO of Farsight Security. An Internet Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Vixie is a prolific author of open source Internet software including BIND, and many Internet standards documents concerning DNS and DNSSEC. He founded the first anti-spam company (MAPS, 1996), first non-profit Internet infrastructure software company (ISC, 1994), and first neutral and commercial Internet exchange (PAIX, 1991).  He spoke at IRE NICAR in 2019.

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