Internet shutdown across the globe in the next 48 hours!

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2018

But the buzz is that due to a routine maintenance of servers schedule the connectivity might remain affected over the next said hours.

Quoting an analyst from the Mobile Research Group Eldar Murtazin, the Russia Today report said internet users might face some difficulties for 48 hours.

A report in the Russian news organisation claims that Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is prepping up for maintenance work of domain servers and related network infrastructure by changing cryptographic key which will result in down-time in internet activity across the globe. Millions of internet users might not be able to access web pages or make online transactions.

For simplicity, consider this: DNS converts the human readable domain names, such as indiatoday.in, into a computer readable format or the IP address and vice-versa.

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) in a statement said that the global internet shutdown was necessary for ensuring a secure, stable and resilient DNS.

If you have been planning to unwind or disconnect from internet for sometime then here is a great opportunity to do, with a fact that internet might be down for maintenance.

Meanwhile, the hierarchical system this digital information courses through is known as the root zone, which is serviced by several hundred servers in over 130 locations across the world. David Conrad, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer, said: 'It is nearly certain there will be at least a few operators somewhere across the globe who won't be prepared, but even in the worst case, all they have to do to fix the problem is, turn off DNSSEC validation, install the new key, and re-enable DNSSEC and their users will again have full connectivity to the DNS'.

However, the onus of maintaining a smoothly running internet also lies in the hands of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who can have an efficient system in place to juggle the traffic.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER