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This Man Has a Key That Can Shut Down the Entire Internet
Time.com ^ | 3-17-2014 | Laura Stampler

Posted on 03/19/2014 5:21:33 AM PDT by servo1969

Paul Klane, a father of two, was headhunted to be a part of the elite group that would be able to reboot the internet in case of a major cybersecurity crisis. And the man’s wide eyes indicates that he is keeping careful watch over his special key — that he happens to store in a plastic bag.

“Each of the 14 primary keyholders owns a traditional metal key to a safety deposit box, which in turn contains a smartcard, which in turn activates a machine that creates a new master key,” reports The Guardian. The master key is used to make sure that the domain name system (DNS) — a phone book of IP addresses — is authentic.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: dns; icann; internet; internetcontrol; internetkey; key
Well, actually he has a key that can help shut down the entire internet. But that title wouldn't get as many clicks, I suppose.


1 posted on 03/19/2014 5:21:33 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

So, why does this guy’s office area look like a mock up from a Thomas Dolby video?

Something is very “obama” about that photo...


2 posted on 03/19/2014 5:26:02 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: servo1969
The dns is not the key to the internet..its the directory to the internet ..if you know the ip and port you can route to what you need...
3 posted on 03/19/2014 5:42:02 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: tophat9000

Yup,and anyone can create a directory of ip numbers to names.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: servo1969

Unless I’m researching something, I only routinely hit a handful of sites.

I could easily accomplish that with a hosts file in the absence of DNS.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 5:55:52 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: servo1969

Much of this article is typical sensationalist media bullshit, written by “low information reporters” for consumption by “low information voters”. No individual, or group of individuals can “shut down the internet”. Sure, they could slow things down, or even render parts of it unusable for a period of time, but NOT shut it down. That’s like someone saying they can shut down AM Radio.

PS: That guy keeps a facial expression as if someone walked into his office with a Minigun pointed at him.


6 posted on 03/19/2014 6:01:22 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

No one’s office is that sparse.

Hope one of our FRiends is keeping an eye on him and gives us a heads up.


7 posted on 03/19/2014 6:21:47 AM PDT by bgill
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To: servo1969

The man’s wide eyes means that he is hyperthyroid. Hope he is treated.


8 posted on 03/19/2014 6:26:07 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: servo1969

9 posted on 03/19/2014 6:29:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: servo1969

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3134883/posts


10 posted on 03/19/2014 6:48:43 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: dfwgator

Awesome. I was going to look for that.


11 posted on 03/19/2014 6:51:35 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: servo1969

Well I’ve got a brand new
Global Internet
You’ve got a
Brand New Key

I think we should go to
Free Republic and
Turn them off you see

La la la la la la la.....
La la la la la la

oh

I’ve got a brand new
Global Internet
You’ve got a
Brand New Key


12 posted on 03/19/2014 6:51:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

That’s not an office. It’s obviously a lab.


13 posted on 03/19/2014 6:52:11 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Or somebody can just type “Google” into Google.


14 posted on 03/19/2014 7:00:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: servo1969
DNS is critical infrastructure, but it can be pretty easily worked around with a little planning.

Put the following in your hosts file, and you're good to go for freerepublic...
209.157.64.201 www.freerepublic.com
209.157.64.200 www.freerepublic.com

There have been efforts in the past to establish alternate root DNS servers, but they haven't really worked out very well, because it takes cooperation. It would be really easy to set up something for a small group that would allow them to keep in contact in the event of a global DNS outage or something. Again though, it takes planning and cooperation.

15 posted on 03/19/2014 7:18:36 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: SoothingDave

And he is obviously trying to blind everyone with science, yes?


16 posted on 03/19/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

17 posted on 03/19/2014 7:42:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Nice lyrics!


18 posted on 03/19/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: chrisser
I could easily accomplish that with a hosts file in the absence of DNS.

Exactly. Which is why all this FUD over the UN 'taking control of the internet' is so much BS.

19 posted on 03/19/2014 8:57:11 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do I really need ot use the sarcasm tag?)
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To: dfwgator

“Have you tried turning it off and back on again?”


20 posted on 03/19/2014 8:57:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do I really need ot use the sarcasm tag?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

If the Internet shuts down, call 0118 999 881 99 9119 725........3.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 9:13:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Hello, WKRP. No, sir, we are off the air.
Now HOW can we make an announcement that we are OFF the AIR?

WKRP in Cincinnati, 1978


22 posted on 03/19/2014 10:42:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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