Internet to shut down globally over next 48 hours?

Donna Miller
October 12, 2018

Internet users across the globe may experience widespread network failures as the key domain servers are slated to undergo routine maintenance over the next 48 hours.

Ecommerce majors Flipkart and Amazon opened their annual festival sale events on Oct 10, and in one day, reported sales of over 15 million units ranging from mobiles and large appliances to apparel. The connectivity issues will be solved once the maintenance is done.

"All arrangements are in place and there will be no internet shutdown in India as is being circulated in the media", Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, told NDTV.

By Rolling the KSK, ICANN implies that a new cryptographic public and private key pair will be generated and the private key will be distributed to internet service providers, enterprise network administrators, and Domain Name System (DNS) resolver operators.

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.

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In a statement, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) said the global internet shutdown was necessary to ensure a secure, stable and resilient DNS.

It's also up to each country's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to make sure they're prepared for a little bit of traffic juggling.

Due to the ongoing maintenance work, some internet users could face issues in accessing web pages or making transactions over the next 48 hours.

ICANN, the Russia Today report said, has already carried out similar preliminary tests before, and will ensure that the key replacement process faces minimal problems. It expects about one percent of the world's internet users to experience the crash - or around 36 million internet users.

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