‘Internet Shutdown’ not to impact India: Cybersecurity official

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Nullifying the fear in terms of Internet shutdown, a senior official from the Cybersecurity department clarified that India will not be affected by the blackout.

Internet ShutdownReports pertaining to the global Internet blackout have given rise to severe outrage.

News organisation Russia Today, had earlier reported that internet users across the globe are likely to experience extensive network failures due to routine maintenance of key domain servers for the next 48 hours.

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) planned to perform maintenance work during the 48 hours by altering the cryptographic key that assists in securing the internet’s address book or the Domain Name System (DNS), reported the Russia Today.

This has been compelled to defy the mounting occurrence of cyber attacks, Russia Today quoted ICANN. However, ICANN later explained that the report had a “clickbait” headline and that the impact on users would be negligible.

“All arrangements are in place and there will be no internet shutdown in India as is being circulated in the media,” said Gulshan Rai, Coordinator, National Cyber Security, while speaking to an Indian media house.

“Unfortunately, that story carries a headline that is clickbait. There will be minimal impact to users. Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99 percent of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected,” said an ICANN spokesperson.

“It has been about 20 hours since the rollover and based on all information we have, everything is going smoothly. There have been only a small handful of reports of issues suspected to be caused by the rollover. In all cases, it appears the impact was minor and the issues were quickly resolved,” added the spokesperson.

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