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D-Link Doubles Security for its Home Networking Routers to Help Prevent Against Increasing Attacks

September 7, 2010

DUBAI, UAE, September 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ –

– New DNSSEC Security Measure, Along with Existing CAPTCHA, Help Defend
Computers from Web Hacking, Phishing and Other Growing Security Threats

D-Link Middle East & Africa, the end-to-end networking solutions provider
for consumers, businesses, and service providers, today announced it is the
first in the industry to enhance its router security to a higher level of
protection by incorporating both CAPTCHA and DNSSEC to guard against hacking,
worms, viruses and other malicious Web attacks.

DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) is a suite of Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF) specifications that adds security to the Internet’s Domain Name
System (DNS) to provide assurance that the information received from a Domain
Name Server is authentic. The security extensions are designed to protect the
DNS from man-in-the-middle and cache poisoning attacks, which can occur when
hackers corrupt DNS data stored on recursive name servers to redirect queries
to malicious sites.

DNSSEC applies digital signatures to DNS data to authenticate the data’s
origin and verify its integrity as it moves across the Internet and can
provide users with effective verification that their applications, such as
Web or email, are using the correct addresses for servers they want to reach.

In mid-2009, D-Link integrated Completely Automated Public Turing test to
tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA) into its popular home and small
office routers to thwart worms designed to access a router and alter the
victim’s DNS records to divert traffic toward the attacker’s network.

CAPTCHA is a challenge-response test that ensures that a response during
a user logon is not computer-generated but instead is truly entered by a
human hand, by requiring a user to manually enter a small amount of text
displayed in an image to help prevent automated registration and fraud.

By incorporating both DNSSEC and CAPTCHA initiatives, D-Link(R) routers
now facilitate strong security thus protecting Internet users against
man-in-the-middle, cache poisoning and other cyber attacks to ward off web
hacking and phishing.

“Unlike other brands, the majority of currently shipping D-Link routers
is more difficult to be compromised due to our advanced set of security
features. We’re excited to be the first in the market to announce we have
taken the initiative to implement both CAPTCHA and DNSSEC into our routers,
thus providing yet another layer of security, and we’ll continue to provide
our users with the latest in advanced security technologies,” said Harrison
Albert
, Director of D-Link Middle East & Africa.

IPv6 Certification

To further consider security while future-proofing its routers, D-Link is
migrating to IPv6 certification. With the growing number of Internet-capable
devices on the market – including mobile, media, and storage – the pool of
IPv4 address has dropped to six percent and is expected to run out sometime
in 2011. While this is a major motivation for IPv6, other improvements are
also realized. The IPv6 specification now specifies certain security measures
that were not defined in IPv4, such as IPSec. IPSec is a method of
authenticating and encrypting data transferred between pairs of hosts.
Although it was possible to implement IPSec with IPv4, it was not part of the
specification. IPSec is now a requirement, not an option, in the IPv6
specification.

D-Link has begun the transition to IPv6 by participating in the ‘IPv6
Logo Testing Program’ to assure that its products support transitional
technologies and provide IPv6 connectivity. All new D-Link routers currently
ship with the “IPv6 Ready Phase II” certification and logo.

Availability

The DNSSEC, CAPTCHA and IPv6 features are currently available on most
currently shipping D-Link’s routers, with more being updated. Please consult
http://www.dlink.com for availability of firmware updates.

About D-Link:

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large
enterprise business networking. The company continues to strive towards
excellence as an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of
networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications
solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to
Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup for Enterprise Environments. With
millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped,
D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the
networking and communications market. D-Link ME Headquarters is located in
Dubai, the UAE, Jebel Ali Free Zone South, P. O. Box 18224, Tel.:
+971-4-880-9022, Fax: +971-4-880-9066. For general inquiries, contact:
info.me@dlink-me.com or visit our website: http://www.dlink-me.com.

D-Link and the D-Link logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
D-Link Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other third party marks mentioned
herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2010.
D-Link. All Rights Reserved.

    Press Contact:
    Nicole Maria Meier
    D-Link Middle East
    Tel.: +971-4-880-9022
    Fax: +971-4-880-9066
    E-Mail: nmeier@dlink-me.com

SOURCE D-Link Middle East


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