No internet shutdown in India: Cyber Security official

Global internet shutdown,ICANN,CRA

Global internet shutdown,ICANN,CRA

As reported by Russian Federation, the ICANN (Inernet corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers) will perform maintenance work during next 48 hours by changing the cryptographic key to help protect the Internet's address book or the Doman Name System (DNS).

The report of a global internet shutdown started making rounds from Friday morning after news agency ANI quoted an RT.com story. There have been only a small handful of reports of issues suspected to be caused by the rollover. The connectivity issues will be solved once the maintenance is done. As things stand, the maintenance drive has been underway for well over a day and yet, the Internet seems just fine, for the most of us, something that has also been noted by ICANN, the organization responsible for carrying out that maintenance. This move will help prevent cyber attacks aimed at the DNS systems in the future.

Russia Today reported that global internet users might experience network connection failures as the main domain servers and its related network infrastructure will be down for some time. "Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99% of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected", an ICANN spokesperson told NDTV. However, ICANN announced that the rollover has been postponed due to the fact that "a significant number of resolvers used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Network Operators are not yet ready for the Key Rollover".

What is Domain Name Systems or DNS?

In an official statement, Communications Regulatory Authority said: "To further clarify, some internet users might be affected if their network operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not prepared for this change".

But here's the catch: you can avoid this if necessary security extensions of the system are enabled.