DNS is introduced as a protocol to provide domain routing services on the Internet. The first registered domain on the Internet is the website for a small computer company, Symbolics.com. By 1993, 600 unique domains are registered on the Internet. (Today, there are more than 330 million registered domains.)
UltraDNS is launched as the first commercially available DNS product to feature Anycast technology. Despite some initial skepticism, UltraDNS proves to be a game-changer by making it easier to connect to Internet domains quickly from anywhere in the world.
The Internet Goes Down (Almost)
On October 21, 2002, cyber criminals attempt to bring the Internet down by launching a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against the Internet's thirteen root DNS nameservers. Mobilizing thousands of infected PCs, the DDoS attack is the largest of its kind, but ultimately fails when the four nameservers running UltraDNS refuse to go down.
Neustar Acquires UltraDNS
The merger of Neustar and UltraDNS brings together one of the world's largest Internet domain directories and one of the industry's leading DNS providers. At the time of the merger, UltraDNS protects over 15 million unique domains.
The Internet Almost Goes Down (Again)
A second massive DDoS attack is launched at the root nameservers for 24 continuous hours. Network engineers wisely route the DNS traffic to UltraDNS servers, and the attack is once again thwarted.
DDoS Protection Gets Seriously Simple with SiteProtect
Neustar makes its own "secret sauce" for DDoS protection available to the general public as a cloud-based solution dubbed SiteProtect. The new solution is as easy as point and protect: domains simply point their DNS traffic to SiteProtect's secure network and DDoS attacks are stopped in their tracks.
The Day That Twitter Went Dark
Mobilizing millions of web cameras, CCTV cameras and other Internet-connected devices, the mother of all botnets, Mirai, executes the world's largest DDoS attack (one terabit per second) against the DNS servers of a popular DNS hosting service, causing outages at dozens of high-profile sites including Twitter, Spotify and The Wall Street Journal. The attack underscores the importance of having a secondary DNS provider-something Neustar had advocated for years.
Neustar Raises DNS Shield
Neustar sets a new standard for security with its private DNS service, DNS Shield. Available as a security option for UltraDNS customers, DNS Shield leverages a completely secure, global network of private DNS connections that prevents DNS services from being impacted by "collateral" damage that can occur in a multi-tenant, hosted DNS environment.
Memcache Attacks Meet Their Match?
Neustar celebrates twenty years of ultra-reliable, ultra-secure DNS services with the launch of largest DDoS mitigation platform in the world, capable of stopping an attack 10X larger than the world's largest DDoS attack to date. And not a moment too soon, as cybercriminals fire off a staggering volley of Memcache attacks in February 2018, generating DNS reflection attacks of 500 Gbps and higher.