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Is internet shutdown likely in next 48 hours?

If reports are to be believed, internet users across the globe may experience widespread network outrage. The network failure will result because of the key domain servers slated to undergo routine maintenance over the next 48 hours.


According to a leading Russian Daily, the main domain servers and its related network infrastructure will be down for some time, because of which global internet users might experience network connection failures.


The maintenance work will be carried out by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), during which the cryptographic key will be changed 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.


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 are said to 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 Also, users could face inconvenience accessing the global network if they use an outdated ISP.

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