Widespread network failure could be on the cards for internet users across the globe for the next 48 hours as key domain servers undergo routine maintenance, says Russia Today.

A report in the Russian news organisation claims that Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is prepping up for maintenance work of domain servers and related network infrastructure by changing cryptographic key which will result in down-time in internet activity across the globe.

The maintenance work to be undertaken by the ICANN will help protect the internet’s address book popularly known as the Domain Name System (DNS).

Experts says that the change of cryptographic key will help prove as a necessary step for internet protection as the number of cyber attacks swell.

In a statement, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) said the global internet shutdown is necessary for ensuring a secure, stable and resilient DNS. “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 added.

In light of the maintenance work, internet users will face difficulties in accessing web pages or making transactions for the next 48 hours.

(With agency inputs)




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