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Posted: 18 October 2007

The nature of the Internet makes this scenario unlkely (too many flavours of web servers at too many locations, on too many backbones, subnets and rendundant pathways), except in one scenario. This is a successful attack on the root servers that sit at the top of the hierarchy (controlled by a US organization, I think). These are highly protected, redundantly architected, sitting in demilitarized zones, kind of like a digital Fort Knox.

Still, if they brought these down, then yes, catastrophe.

Global emergency spreads like a digital wildfire
Dateline: 21 December 2010
It's been 24 hours since the internet stopped dead. For the past day not a single email message has been delivered and no e-business transaction has been executed. It is still not clear exactly what combination of server gridlock and multiple virus attacks has caused the problem. In an unprecedented show of unity, hackers and business geeks have united on those mobile phone networks not ...
Wolfgang Grulke Clearly the internet was designed by the military to prevent exactly this type of scenario - but it has also become the biggest challenge to their children!

The question is not "Will it happen?" but "What if it does happen?"

Bringing down the internet has become the holy grail of aspiring hackers and terrorists - the econimic implications would be vast, even in just a few days.
Posted: 18 October 2007 at 08:43
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