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Name: Julian Matthews
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Friday, October 22, 2004

Internet blackout possible?

In a 2003 interview with Vint Cerf, the co-creator of TCP/IP and father of Internet told me that
"it is reasonable and even prudent to assume that the Internet is vulnerable to a "take down".

Now a professor at the Helsinki University of Technology, Hannu H Kari suggests that the Internet would collapse in 2006.

His premise is that "there are many bad people who want to create chaos on purpose" and that spam and viruses were the main culprits.

No, the sky isn't falling. Perhaps Prof Kari is overstating the facts but his warning shouldn't be taken lightly. I do believe that there is validity that a concerted distributed denial of service attack -- for whatever malicious reason -- can cause a net blackout. Then what? Will we get up again?

Shades of Y2, maybe? Maybe not...We will see.


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