Rumours that the Internet was shutting down for 48 hours became the talk of the town.
- ICANN will be changing the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) or the Internet’s address book.
- Changing the Internet’s address book is an important measure.
The Internet may be shutting down for 48 hours or so but it won’t affect 99 per cent users, according to ICANN, the organization responsible for coordinating the maintenance of several databases related to the namespaces and numerical spaces of the Internet. “Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99 per cent of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected,” ICANN was quoted by the Indian Express as saying.
Speculation was rife ever since an RT.com report suggested that “Internet users around the world may experience network connection failures” for up to 48 hours even as ICANN will “power down the domain servers and related infrastructure controlling the web for some time.” This is so ICANN can change the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) or the Internet’s address book.
This is something that has been in the public domain since August but the RT.com report which was then cited by a number of other news outlets in India and around the world built some confusion around the whole thing. Rumours that the Internet was shutting down for 48 hours became the talk of the town.
Changing the Internet’s address book is an important measure to ensure a secure, stable, and resilient DNS, according to the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), the report said.
“To further clarify, some Internet users might be affected if their network operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not prepared for this change. However, this impact can be avoided by enabling the appropriate system security extensions.”
Although the report was quick to mention that the measure “would create minimal problems,” the headline “global Internet could crash in next 48 hours,” was enough to create some panic among Internet users. As things stand, the maintenance drive has been underway for well over a day and yet, the Internet seems just fine, for the most of us, something that has also been noted by ICANN, the organization responsible for carrying out that maintenance.
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