American security researcher and also a Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of White Ops, Dan Kaminsky has sadly passed away. He was reported to have died today April 24 2021. His cause of death or what led to his sudden demise has not been made known to the public.
Hacker, Marc Rogers announced the news of Dan’s death through his Twitter page.
In a series of tweets, he wrote – I guess there’s no hiding it now. We lost Dakami yesterday. One of the brightest lights in infosec and probably the kindest soul I knew. The vacuum he leaves behind is impossible to measure. Please keep speculation to yourself and be respectful of his family and friends.
I guess theres no hiding it now. We lost @dakami yesterday. One of the brightest lights in infosec and probably the kindest soul I knew. The vacuum he leaves behind is impossible to measure. Please keep speculation to yourself and be respectful of his family and friends.
— Marc Rogers (@marcwrogers) April 24, 2021
Dan Kaminsky’s @dakami passion, creativity, desire to learn and teach really help influence both #defcon and @BlackHatEvents in the early years. He became an icon in all the positive ways and we looke up to him. RIP Hacker.
— DEF CON (@defcon) April 24, 2021
In July 2008, Kaminsky discovered a fundamental flaw in the Domain Name System (DNS) protocol. He wrote an op-ed for Cyber ScoopNews the day it debuted, where he called for a better way to guard the internet.
He did DNS and the Internet a solid. He cared, and IMO security did up-level as a result.
Dan Kaminsky is an internationally respected technologist who has spent almost two decades protecting the Internet.
He is one of the seven “key shareholders” able to restore the Internet’s Domain Name System if necessary. Dan is known for his work in finding a core flaw on the Internet and then leading the charge to repair it.
He was popularly known for discovering the 2008 DNS cache poisoning vulnerability. Dan worked with DNS vendors in secret to develop a patch to make exploiting the vulnerability more difficult, releasing it on July 8, 2008.
In 2002 he graduated from Clara Santa University with a Bachelor’s degree, Operations and Management of information services.
He founded the Recursion Ventures in March 2010.