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Orla asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 2 months ago

Would it be possible for hackers to crash the world's internet, if only for a while ?

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  • 2 months ago
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    The Internet (actually the TCP/IP protocol that it runs on) was invented in the 1960's during the Cold War.  One of the major concerns was that the Russians could take down any kind of s computer network that we build.  (There were no networks at this time.) So it was decided to build TCP/IP in such a way that it would be impossible to take the entire network down with any one attack.

    It is decides so that when a packet it put on the Internet, it will broadcast copies of itself to every possible device it can find.  Each of those devices will check the destination address and if it is not for them pass it on to as many other computers as they can.  Hopefully one of those copies by blind luck will find its way to its actual destination.

    Because of this, if hackers or terrorist were to take down any part of the Internet, it should route messages around the infected part and get to its destination by a different route.  It is possible that they could take down specific sections of the Internet (such as all the Yahoo sites.)  But they would not be able to take down everything.  It is too big and has too many limbs.  If they took one (or many) down, it would just route around them.

    • Orla
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      1 month agoReport

      Holy crap this is a good answer.!!

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  • 1 month ago

    The trick is, if they took down the whole Internet, they wouldn't be able to use it to hack.

    I could see someone doing it just for laughs and/or bragging rights though.

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  • User
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    2 months ago

    If it were possible

    someone would certainly have already done so

    just to see if they could succeed.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it would be possible. It could be done, and it would get people's attention.

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  • 2 months ago

    So far they have so much fun hacking it's a joke.

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