MOZILLA TAGGED “VILLIAN” OVER IT’S PROPOSED DNS SECURITY STANDARD SUPPORT.
- July 11, 2019
- Posted by: Lead Contributor
- Category: News
Internet service providers have branded Firefox browser maker Mozilla an “internet villain” for its support of DNS security standard.
The Internet Services Providers’ Association in the U.K, has nominated Mozilla as the internet villain for its plans to roll out the security feature, which they say will allow users to “bypass U.K. filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the U.K.”
Late last year, the Mozilla maker said it was planning to test DNS-over-HTTPS to a small number of users.
That means; anytime you visit a site regardless of its HTTPS status, the DNS query that converts the web address into an I.P. address that computers can read is usually unencrypted. These security standards happen at the app level.
DNS-over-HTTPS improves performance, making DNS queries and the overall browsing experience faster.
ISPA is against this move because it believes DNS-over-HTTPS is a violation of the U.K.’s current website blocking the law.
Websites can be blocked for enhancing the infringement of copyrighted or trademarked material or if they are deemed to contain sensitive documents.
In coding DNS queries, it will be difficult for internet providers to filter their subscribers’ internet access.
The U.K. spy agency GCHQ and the Internet Watch Foundation, which maintains the U.K.’s internet blocklist, have also criticized the move to roll out encrypted DNS features to the browser.
The regulatory body (ISPA) believe that bringing in DNS-over-HTTPS by default can be harmful to online safety, cybersecurity and consumer choice, but will enhance further debates.
Andrews & Arnold, who is one of the internet providers, recently contributed £2,940, that’s around $3,670 to Mozilla in support of the nonprofit. The company in a tweet said, “The amount was chosen because that is what our fee for ISPA membership would have been, were we a member.”
Justin O’Kelly who is the Mozilla spokesperson reacted to ISPA statement during an interview with Techcrunch saying; “We’re surprised and disappointed that an industry association for ISPs decided to misrepresent an improvement to decades-old internet infrastructure.”
He added that “Despite claims to the contrary, a more private DNS would not prevent the use of content filtering or parental controls in the U.K. DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) would offer real security benefits to U.K. citizens. Our goal is to build a more secure internet, and we continue to have a serious, constructive conversation with credible stakeholders in the U.K. about how to do that.”
According to Justin, Mozilla has no current plans to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default in the U.K. However; the company is currently exploring potential DNS-over-HTTPS partners in Europe to bring this vital security feature to other Europeans more broadly.
For record purpose, Mozilla isn’t the first to roll out DNS-over-HTTPS. Cloudflare and Google-owned Jigsaw had earlier released its censorship-busting app Infra, which aimed to prevent DNS manipulation.
Mozilla has yet to speak on the scheduled time for the full release of DNS-over-HTTPS in Firefox.
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