Global Internet Services Could Be Impacted for Next 48 Hours: Report

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Global Internet Services Could Be Impacted for Next 48 Hours: Report

Highlights

  • Internet users across the globe may experience network failures
  • Key domain servers are slated to undergo routine maintenance
  • ICANN will change the cryptographic key that helps protect DNS

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.

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.

"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.

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will carry out maintenance work during this time period by changing the cryptographic key that helps protect the Internet's address book or the Domain Name System (DNS). This has been necessitated to counter the rising incidents of cyber attacks, the ICANN said.

When NDTV reached out to ICANN, it clarified that the original report's headline is "click bait", and that there would be minimum impact to users.

"Unfortunately, that story carries a headline that is a click bait. There will be minimal impact to users. Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99 percent of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected," an ICANN spokesperson from Singapore told NDTV.

In a statement, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) said the global internet shutdown is necessary for ensuring a secure, stable and resilient 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. Also, users could face inconvenience accessing the global network if they use an outdated ISP.

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