Thursday 29 July 2010

How To Restart The World Wide Web

You may have heard the rumor that swirled briefly last month about an Internet 'kill switch' that could power down the Web in the case of a critical cyber attack.

Those rumors were largely overblown, but it turns out there are now seven individuals out there holding keys to the Internet. In the aftermath of a cataclysmic cyber attack, these members of a 'chain of trust' will be responsible for rebooting the Web.

A minimum of five of the seven keyholders - one each from Britain, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic - would have to converge at a U.S. base with their keys to restart the system and connect eveything once again.

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