Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month. That’s raising concerns because, while little-known to most Internet users, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — better known as ICANN — quietly helps to keep the Internet up and running.ICANN was the target of what’s known as a “spear phishing” attack, the group says, where an e-mail is sent to employees that looks to have come from inside the organization. By appearing as if they come from a trusted source, those e-mail trick targets into handing over passwords and other credentials.

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