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[ISN] Did Russian hackers reveal a soft spot for the Soviet Union with .su suffix?


By Raya Jalabi
18 March 2013

Suspected Russian hackers last week posted private information apparently belonging to public figures such as Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian and LAPD chief Charlie Beck.

Much of the media coverage concentrated on the details of the information published, but perhaps the more intriguing detail is that hackers chose to build their site with the domain suffix .su â the suffix for the former Soviet Union.

The .su suffix â or country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) â has been around since 1990, when it was assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the governing body which allocated global IP addresses and domain names to "countries, sovereign states or dependent territories".

Despite the dissolution of the Soviet Union a mere 14 months after its ccTLD was allocated, .su has lived on and is administered by the Russian Institute for Public Networks (RIPN), the Russian organization that controls domain name registration with the .ru and .su suffixes.


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