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The Day I couldn’t read My Newspaper in the Morning – AGAIN !!!!

The Inefficiency to Saufeguard PKNIC infrastructure was exposed today when a group of hackers has taken over the PKNIC and allegedly changed some of the DNS records. Major Websites of .pk Origin were not available including the famous Urdu News papers Site, http://www.jang.com.pk

This has left ( again) question marks on the ability of the PKNIC to handle such situations and response immediately. For the Users who are not aware, PKNIC is a privately registered entity in US by a Pakistani Origin US National ( US nationality is not confirmed ). All the PKNIC infrastructural is hosted outside Pakistan with i believe no control of Pakistani Govt.

Though through ICANN rules there is ( or was ) no restrictions on country level Domains for registration by individuals however usually Country Level domains are considered property of the Country and Most of such Services are run through Govts or Public-Private Partnership.

Back in 2006/2007 PTA ran a consultation group ( when Dr. Yaseen was Member Technical ) to review this asset transition back in Pakistan however the industry was unable to reach a consensus on the Operating structure. There were suggestion to run it through NTC ( National Telecommunication Corporation ) however it never got concluded because if Lack of Interest from the Operators. Though PKNIC was presented by Barrister Zahid Jamil in the PTA meeting and was ready to discuss the transition/buy out. However at a later stage the stance got changed.

PTA at that time started engaging the resources with ICANN directly and had done some home work of bringing the .Pk back however i am not sure where this got black-holed. A very energetic team lead by Naveed ( from PTA) has done extensive work on this subject and was very vocal on different international forums.

.pk is an asset of Pakistan and there should be a better solution than having this situated and established outside. This is a bigger issue and can not be handled by just putting the Replica Servers within Pakistan.

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    February 4, 2013 at 14:50

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