Global Internet Shutdown Likely To Affect Internet Users

Internet users around the world may experience network connection failures as the main domain servers and related infrastructure controlling the web will be powered down for some time.

“The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is responsible for maintaining the registry of domain names and IP addresses, will be changing the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) or the internet’s address book,” Russia Today said.

ICANN emphasized that not everyone will be affected by the internet crash. It has already done some preliminary testing which suggested that problems associated with the switch will be kept to a minimum.

The organization expects only about 1% of the world’s internet users to experience a total crash, but still, that’s approximately 36 million people. Those who will be affected by the internet shutdown are people whose internet service providers or network operators haven’t prepared for the encryption key switch in advance.

 

Source Credit: Khaleej Times