Global Internet Shutdown came in news when ICANN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers) reported that, it need to update the encryption key for the DNS addresses.
You may face interned problem within 48 hours as per the report of Russia Today, but don’t worry this will not be the global internet shutdown. Only few users will be affected, that is because the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be updating the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS), which can also be considered the world-wide web’s address book.
The ICANN, which is based in Los Angeles, California, is responsible for maintaining the registry of domain names and IP addresses on the internet. The way it works is that it understands the web addresses we put into the web browsers in our PCs and phones. And then matches them in the database with the correct domains and internet protocol (IP) addresses. So that you are directed to the page you actually need to go. Every web domain is listed in this directory. And this is how all the web traffic is managed and directed correctly.
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What ICANN is going to do?
Looking at the increasing and changing security threats on the internet, ICANN is going to update the encryption keys for the DNS addresses. It will change its cryptographic key to counter rising incidents of internet threats and cyber hacks. According to the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), this maintenance activity is important to ensure the security and stability of DNS. ICANN said that the Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover will not affect connectivity, and will have minimum impact to users.
What will be the Impact on Internet?
There will not be any global internet shutdown. ICANN’s process of updating the encryption does not mean that the entire internet will be unavailable, or we will have a complete shutdown of the world wide web. It will be conducted in batches, and could see certain websites, web pages and web based services and resources being unavailable for a certain duration of time. Internet users might be affected for 48 hours if their network operators or internet service providers have not prepared for the change in this cryptographic key. Once the new security measures are updated and authenticated, things should be back to normal.
How many Users will be Affected by Global Internet Shutdown?
As per ICANN’s estimates after initial tests, only 1% of the total internet users around the world are expected to be impacted by the shutdown. That would still calculate to more than 36 million people, as per the numbers shared by the organization.
What Users should do?
You should wait at first. After the maintenance process finished, the websites and web pages are still not accessible, you can restart the router installed at home. this will ensure that it accesses the DNS data updated by your internet service provider. As per ICANN data “who use at least one resolver that is ready for the rollover will see no change in their use of the DNS or the Internet in general after the rollover”.