The news of a suspected global internet shutdown frequently circulating in the media, but there’s not much to be worried about as there will not be any absolute internet shutdown in India, or pretty much anywhere.
One of the government official in cyber security department has announced that no internet shut down will be practiced. The national cyber security coordinator, Mr. Gulshan Rai has said, “All arrangements are in place and there will be no internet shutdown in India as is being circulated in the media.” He also said that all the work has been going smoothly since 20 hours and there has not been much difficulties due to the rollover.
It was expected that worldwide internet users will suffer a blackout but ICANN has cleared all the doubts. ICANN has clarified that a total of 1% internet users will be affected at max, Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover that is underway now will have very little impact on internet users across the world. The ICANN is based in Los Angeles, California, and it is responsible for maintaining the registry of domain names and IP addresses on the internet. They needed to update encryption keys for the DNS addresses, to avoid cyber crime incidents. This change would make some DNS and their linked web pages unavailable during the process of updating. It will be as if those pages don’t exist, for that brief duration. And some other pages on some domains could be accessible but they may load very slowly.
These changes to be made in the cryptographic keys were declared in august itself, and the work has been done for more than one day with no major issue of shut down. This work has been carried out to stop the frequent incidents of cyber attacks, as Russia Today cited ICANN as saying. Also, ICANN later clarified that the report had a “click bait” headline and that the impact on users would be minimal. The ICANN report suggests that these changes can affect the users only if all of a user’s resolver do not have the new KSK. The internet cannot shut down completely but some services might be unavailable for a short period of time, but once the updates and authentications are made, they will start working normally.
Still, if you lose connectivity, all you have to do is restart your home router. This will make the router to access the latest DNS data updated by your Internet Service Provider. And if the connectivity problem persists, it could mean your internet company not using the updated DNS, and they’re answerable to you for that.