A new cyberweapon could take down the entire internet – and there’s not much that current defences can do to stop it.
When a communication path changes, nearby routers inform their neighbours through a system known as the border gateway protocol (BGP). These routers inform other neighbours in turn, eventually spreading knowledge of the new path throughout the internet.
What Weapon is it and that can i do ?
The attack requires a large botnet – a network of computers infected with software that allows them to be externally controlled: Schuchard reckons 250,000 such machines would be enough to take down the internet. Botnets are often used to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which bring web servers down by overloading them with traffic, but this new line of attack is different.
“Nobody knows if it’s possible to bring down the global internet routing system,” says Mark Handley, an expert in networked systems at University College London. He suggests that the attack could cause “significant disruption” to the internet, with an effect greater than the Slammer worm of 2003, but it is unlikely to bring the whole thing down.
What can we do about this ?
ATM some people knows.
But what about a normal PC user ?
A normal PC user is not in danger right now , but i think that it is posible to let the internet DIE