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High Alert! Worldwide Internet shutdown likely to happen in next 48 hours, claims report

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 October 2018, 17:27 IST
Internet shuts down

Internet users across the world may now experience a network failure which will be widespread as the key domain servers have to undergo a routine checkup and maintenance over the next two days or the next 48 hours.

Russia Today reported that internet users all over the world will be experiencing a network connection failure as the main domain servers and the related network infrastructure will be down for a couple of hours.

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be carrying out works of the checkup and continue with the maintenance during this time period by changing the cryptographic key that helps in protecting and securing the address book of the internet or the DNS (Domain Name System). This has been made mandatory to counter the growing cases of cyber-attacks, said the ICANN.

The Communication Regulatory Authority, said in a statement that the global internet shutdown is the need of the hour and is necessary for ensuring a secure, resilient and stable DNS.

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 added.

Internet users could face difficulties in accessing web pages or making any transactions in the next 48 hours.

Internet has become an integral part of everyone’s life and all the functioning is happening through this medium, the fear of no internet even for a day can affect the working of the world.

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First published: 12 October 2018, 17:27 IST