Global internet users may witness outage for 48 hours

Global internet users may witness outage for 48 hours

The connectivity issues will be solved once the maintenance is done.

Although the report was quick to mention that the measure "would create minimal problems", the headline "global Internet could crash in next 48 hours", was enough to create some panic among Internet users. ICANN is planning to change cryptographic key during this maintenance work, which will result in downtime in internet activity across the globe.

The report from the Russian news organization claims that Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is preparing for maintenance work of domain servers and related network infrastructure.

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). This move will help prevent cyber attacks aimed at the DNS systems in the future.

The DNS is the web addresses or the links we type in the browser in order to visit the website we punch into the web browsers post which it will match in the ICANN database, where all the web domains are listed, with the correct domains and internet protocol (IP) addresses.

The ICANN spokesperson said no one can know definitively which operators have enabled DNSSEC validation on their resolvers, and because no one but the operator can tell if a resolver with DNSSEC validation enabled was ready for the rollover. "However, this impact can be avoided by enabling the appropriate system security extensions".

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DNSSEC is an additional layer which validates the website name has been converted into codes correctly.

More specifically, ICANN is working on something redundantly called the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK for short).

Who will not be affected?

According to ICANN data, only about 1% of users are expected to be affected.

Also, since most of the websites are cached too, they may go through a content break in the next couple of days post upgradation.

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