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Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:57

Seven people have the power to restart the web

Written by Nick Farell


All in their hands
Seven people have been selected to reboot the internet after a "catastrophic event." (A Micheal Bay movie? sub.ed.)

Seven Internet “Keymasters” are Paul Kane (Great Britain), Dan Kaminsky (United States), Jiankang Yao (China), Moussa Guebre (Burkina Faso), Bevil Wooding (Trinidad and Tobago), Ondrej Sury (Czech Republic), and Norm Ritchie
(Canada).

A team of computer scientists has developed a security system called DNSSEC that's intended to make sure that websites are what they say they are. The seven "keyholders" have swipe cards which will turn everything back on in the event of a major disaster. It would only affect the websites using DNSSEC, but it is really about security protocols.

It is not as if it will switch on things like servers, power up ISPs or do anything to stop the terminators, or zombies eating our brains.

Nick Farell

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+6 #1 pogsnet 2010-07-29 12:23
Wow cool but I think they can be a good target for terrorists.

Like in the tv series 24, a scientist was kidnapped to disable US firewall system.

Go go go guys!
 
 
+6 #2 magius 2010-07-29 20:06
Canada got an ultra-exclusive, secret key to the internet? Oh no, now they can ask for the internet money.
 
 
-2 #3 JAB Creations 2010-07-30 05:19
Kaminsky is a name that sticks out the most...and it's people like that who want to shut out the voices of the people. After all the internet is the only mass two-way communication medium...enjoy being able to exchange ideas freely while the communists allow us to.
 

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