Reports Of Internet Shutdown Refuted By India's Top Cyber Security Official

Reports Of Internet Shutdown Refuted By India

 Reports Of Internet Shutdown Refuted By India's Top Cyber Security Official (representational)

New Delhi: According to a recent report, internet users across the globe may experience widespread network failures over the next 48 hours. The reports were dismissed by a top government cyber security coordinator, who said that there will not be any internet shutdown in India.

"All arrangements are in place and there will be no internet shutdown in India as is being circulated in the media," Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, told NDTV.

Today, news agency ANI had quoted the portal Russia saying that over next two days, crucial domain servers would be down because of routine maintenance work, which could result in internet users facing difficulties in accessing web pages or making any transactions in the next 48 hours.

The ANI report said the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers would carry out the maintenance work by changing the cryptographic key that helps protect the internet's address book or the Domain Name System. ICANN said that this has been necessitated to counter rising incidents of cyberattacks. 

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When NDTV reached out to ICANN, it clarified that the original report's headline is "click bait", and that there would be minimum impact to users. 

"Unfortunately, that story carries a headline that is a click bait. There will be minimal impact to users. Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99% of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected," an ICANN spokesperson from Singapore told NDTV.

The spokesperson added, "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."

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) saying that the global internet shutdown was necessary for ensuring a secure, stable and resilient Domain Name System, as reported by ASNI. "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 said.

(With inputs from ANI)

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