Internet infrastructure services provider VeriSign was selected to operate the nation’s domain name registry for .gov, the U.S. General Services Administration announced on Thursday. VeriSign will provide domain name registration services to federal, state and local governments operating sites under the .gov and fed.us domain names, according to a news release. In addition, VeriSign will support the implementation of DNSSEC, a set of security extensions that provide authentication of DNS data and prevent against attacks such as cache poisoning, on .gov and fed.us. The majority of government sites use .gov domain names while fed.us is used by a number of agencies. – AM
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