Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DNS and Africa: Part II – Senegal / Finance and Government

Observations in Senegal has provided Wapack Labs Africa Desk a glimpse into a developing country’s execution of Domain Name System (DNS) controls.  These developments are on the heels of the U.S. abandoning control of ICANN and IANA.  This information is being supplied for your situational awareness.

  • The U.S. relinquished control of the Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s), Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) function on 30 September 2016.
  • Many countries worldwide must now manage their own DNS controls, triggering potential disorder. 
  • The developing country of Senegal is experiencing challenges in the management of cyber security issues affecting financial and government institutions.  

Publication date:                       15 October 2016

Handling requirements:             Traffic light protocol (TLP) GREEN

Attribution/Threat Actors:         Unknown at this time

Actor Type:                                Adversary capabilities have been assessed as Tier II*

Potential Targets:                       Senegal and neighboring West African nations

Past Reporting:                           Red Sky Alliance: DOC-4365

*Practitioners with a greater depth of experience, with the ability to develop their own tools (from publicly known vulnerabilities). 

The full attribution report has been published in its entirety in the Red Sky Alliance portal.  For more information please contact the lab directly at 844-4-WAPACK, 603-606-1246, or feedback@wapacklabs.com.

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