Security Market Segment LS
Monday, 26 April 2021 08:35

Well-known researcher Kaminsky dies of diabetes complications

Well-known researcher Kaminsky dies of diabetes complications Image by Julien Tromeur from Pixabay

Well-known information security expert Dan Kaminsky has died suddenly at the age of 42, leading to an outpouring of tributes from the community of which he was part.

His niece, Sarah, posted a tweet which included some details about the cause of death, on Monday.

"Dan struggled for years with diabetes and was even recently hospitalised because of it," she wrote. "This tragedy has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccination and unfortunately everything to do with diabetic ketoacidosis."

She said her uncle would have laughed at the idea of conspiracy theorists promoting anti-vaccination propaganda through his death.

"But as his family, it hurts us to see his death being used to spread lies about a vaccine that he had full faith in," Sarah added.

Kaminsky gained fame in 2008 when he discovered a flaw in the domain name system protocol that could be used to poison the cache on most implementations of the protocol, according to Wikipedia.

He was also known for his research into the Sony rootkit which was exposed by Mark Russinovich, at that time with Winternals and now a Microsoft employee.

Kaminsky ran a company known as White Ops which specialised in finding out malware activity through the use of JavaScript. He also worked as a penetration tester at IOActive, and also had stints at Cisco and Avaya.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News