[Ads-l] sinkholing, to sinkhole

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 26 15:52:54 EDT 2018

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sinkhole <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sinkhole>) and Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_sinkhole <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_sinkhole>) describe a (DNS) sinkhole as a server that gives out false domain names, blocking access to websites. Neither they nor the English Oxford Living Dictionaries have “sinkholing” or “to sinkhole”.

As reported by Ads Technica (https://bit.ly/2INdu1l <https://bit.ly/2INdu1l>)
The sinkholing is a major coup but doesn't automatically kill VPNFilter infections.

Taking control of a command-and-control server is known as sinkholing.

ZDNet (https://zd.net/2kqPvX5 <https://zd.net/2kqPvX5>)
Last week, Proofpoint researchers revealed that EITest has now been sinkholed due to the efforts of the company together with teams from Abuse.ch and BrilliantIIT.

Wired (https://bit.ly/2EzwLxr <https://bit.ly/2EzwLxr>)
When bots in a botnet phone home to their command and control server, for instance, you might sinkhole the domain they reach out to, diverting the requests so that you can monitor activity on the botnet, track the IP addresses contacting the domain, or neuter it so the bots can't receive commands.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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