DNS tools play key role in Hollywood thriller 'Untraceable'

FBI agents in Sony Pictures’ upcoming 'Untraceable' movie turn to tools from DNSstuff to solve crime

"I think it is less expensive than NetFlix for the average person to do the same thing the FBI, CIA and Interpol do," Person says. Parisi adds that concerned parents in this age of MySpace and Facebook could use DNSstuff tools to ensure their children aren't falling victim to some technology-based attacks. "Our tools are for the IT community, there is complex technology underneath. But when the average person thinks something is suspicious or wants to know who their child is talking to online, they can run a whois lookup," he says.

While DNSstuff has yet to see the finished film, and executives are uncertain to what extent their technology will be included in the final result, the company is excited that high-tech topics such as DNS are "bubbling to the surface" in entertainment for the general public. The movie, they say, could raise visibility of the importance of companies protecting their DNS servers and of individuals acting more carefully on the Internet.

"One thing is for certain, the movie will establish that most people don't fully understand the nature of cybercrime and how nasty it can get," Person says.

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Denise Dubie

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