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Well-known researcher Kaminsky dies of diabetes complications

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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.


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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.

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