Internet to Shut Down Tomorrow. Bummer.

By Deane Barker on August 25, 2004

Internet meltdown predicted for tomorrow: I give odds at 100-to-1 that this will actually happen.

A Russian computer security expert has predicted that a large chunk of the Internet will be shut down by terrorists tomorrow.

Aleksandr Gostev from Kaspersky Labs was speaking at a conference hosted by Russian Information Agency Novosti. The cyber terrorists main targets will be the US and Western Europe, he said.

Via MetaFilter.



  1. Nope. No productivity increase. If the net goes down, people will either stand around griping about how little they can get done without it or they’ll sit in front of blank browser windows trying to get onto some news site to find out what’s going on. Either way, no productivity.

  2. How could terrorists shut down a large area of the net even if they had the cabability, arent there millions of servers runnign hundreds to thousnads of sites each.. if they shut down some major oens there would still be a large proprotion of the net online, or does the net somewhere go thru 1 big pipeline and if this was say blwon up, the entire net as we know ti would be cut off, rofl, imagiens insanely.. anyhow it sounds like a good excuse why I couldnt complete my work b4 deadline… but but but err the entire intenret is down, ahhhhhhh

  3. The Internet has about 27 backups or something like that, running on separate dedicated generators, in different, secure areas. It’d take some really heavy duty work to take that down.

  4. I don’t know if this is related, but things are real-l-l-l-l-y slow on the Net today. I’ve found at least a half-dozen sites that can’t be contacted.

  5. possible but internet down a day could cost lots a dough those that could lose will buy a backup plan

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