Global Internet Shutdown to avoid future Cyber Attacks


A Global Internet Shutdown is said to be observed in the next two days due to a routine domain name server maintenance. And what’s interesting about this update is that it was first issued to the world by a reputed news source from Russia.

Russia Today announced that some parts of the world might witness an internet blackout as the main servers and related network infrastructure will be down for some time.

The maintenance work is said to be carried out all server farms operated by The Internet Corporations of Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN).

Technically speaking the downtime will be observed due to a change in the Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover or cryptographic key change that helps the protect the internet addresses book or the Domain Name System(DNS).
A source from Russia Today says that the maintenance work might result in the disruption of internet services like Facebook, Twitter and Google service access for some while some might also experience hiccups in banking transactions.

 The Communications Regulatory Authorities of few countries like India, UAE, and the UK have asserted the above-said news. But at the same time, they declared that the disruption might only be witnessed by a small section of internet users whose service providers weren’t ready for the change.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that only 1 percent of the world’s internet users will experience the crash or around 36 million internet users will witness a web service disruption out of 3.2 billion people using the internet.

The maintenance shut down is said to be necessary to keep domain servers free from cyber attacks.

Note- ICANN issued a press statement a few hours ago stating the report issued by Russia Today as ‘False’ and added that it could be a ‘clickbait’.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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