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When war starts internet may die, sort of...

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Robert Harris, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Bad news, I am afraid. We will have to go back to training carrier pigeons.


    Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 16:42 GMT
    Risk of internet collapse rising

    Simulated attacks on key internet hubs have shown how vulnerable the worldwide network is to disruption by disaster or terrorist action.

    If an attack or disaster destroyed the major nodes of the internet, the network itself could begin to unravel, warn the scientists who carried out the simulations.

    The virtual attacks showed that the net would keep going in major cities, but outlying areas and smaller towns would gradually be cut off.

    The researchers warn that the net has become more vulnerable as it has become more commercialised and key net cables are concentrated in the hands of fewer organisations.

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  2. Domh

    Domh Full Member

    Only a matter of time before somebody blows a node.

    Hello satellite net connections.

  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    I think this is when you will see people pissed. Ever see a geek with his net down?
  4. valgore

    valgore Veteran Member

    that would suck but then again war is hell and we will all pay a price. losing the internet would be trivial compared to the sacrifices our service men and women and their families will make.
  5. -Ken

    -Ken Guest

    As someone providing Fixed Wireless, the aim is to allow
    anybody anywhere to connect without copper wires.

    While this is currently in the early deployment stage, with
    some of the proposed regulations giving us more leeway,
    the future looks good.

    We can overcome the disruption in communications given
    the motivation and the necessary permission.

    I have to wonder if the FCC is looking to us (in the same
    way as HAM operators provide backup communications).

    Basically, the cheap wireless networking gear you buy at
    Best Buy is capable of connecting at 1 Mbps (almost T1
    speeds) up to distances of 70 miles under the right

    If you all in the cities can stay connected, we in the rural
    areas will find a way of connecting to you!

    I guess it's all part of that good old-fashioned can-do spirit!
  6. immortal one

    immortal one 501st Geronimo

    It's a miracle that all the damn spammers haven't brought it down yet.
  7. Pyrion

    Pyrion Liquid Metal Nanomorph

    What'd be nice is if our government stopped getting their panties in a twist about crackers (black hat hackers, no relation to white trash) and instead hired the fucks to go after our enemies' networks. I mean come on. Get a black hat out of his parents' house and pay him to start fucking up the assholes (no pun intended) that have been fucking with us for years now.
  8. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    What's a black hat hacker?
  9. Paladin

    Paladin Have Gun -- Will Travel

    To bring down the Internet you would have to have coordinated attacks at several major hubs. I do not see how it could affect rural more than the big urban since the rurals merely feed off the urbans.

    FWIW we have been there. Attached is a photo of what I believe is the Verizon C.O. in Lower Manhattan, from a bit over a year ago. I was a moderator at DSLR back then, and my tracert to his servers in NY were going Calif.-NY-London-NY to get around the break.

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