Global internet shutdown likely over next 48 hrs: Report

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 17:20, Oct 12, 2018 | Updated : 17:28, Oct 12, 2018

InternetInternet users across the world may experience connection failures over the next 48 hours as the key web infrastructures are slated to undergo routine maintenance.
According to a Reuters report published in Russia Today (RT), ICANN, the internet corporation responsible for assigning names and IP addresses will be changing cryptographic keys which help protect the DNS (Domain Name System).
DNS, the internet’s address book in other words, requires to go through this procedure to ensure a secured, stable and resilient web infrastructure, explained the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA).
“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,” it said.
The RT report also said that ICANN has already carried out some preliminary tests before the system is powered down and their finding indicates the procedure is likely to create minimal problems.
“Internet users have nothing to fear,” RT quoted digital economics specialist Arseny Shcheltsin as saying.
Changing cryptographic keys has become necessary in the face of ongoing threats facing the World Wide Web infrastructure, he added.