Internet Protectors Brace for Anonymous Attack
Today's the day, though the betting is nothing will happen
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2012 8:32 AM CDT
A protester wearing Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a demonstration in France.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If the Internet today reverts back to speeds of the dial-up days, there might be an explanation: Last month, Anonymous threatened to go after its backbone, the Domain Name System, on March 31, reports the New York Times. It's probably a safe bet that nothing much will happen, but the people who guard against such things have spent the last several weeks shoring up the network—mainly by increasing the capacity of "root servers"—just in case.

The maintenance provides "a glimpse into the largely unknown forces that keep the Internet running in the face of unpredictable, potentially devastating threats," writes Somini Sengupta. The engineers interviewed generally give the sense that this work needed to be done anyway, and the threat simply provided an extra impetus to get it done now. Still, today is "not going to be another day at the office,” says one expert at the nonprofit Internet Systems Consortium in California. (It operates one of the web's crucial root servers.) “We are going to be on alert.”

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Ultraworld
Mar 31, 2012 3:42 PM CDT
Have they shut down Scientology yet?
Skaught
Mar 31, 2012 1:15 PM CDT
I love the internets -- the last place where the 1% can't control everything to their likings. #OccupytheInternets
Doug_Masters
Mar 31, 2012 11:12 AM CDT
Yeah way to go guys, real revolutionaries. Seriously.. you've hacked the Sony Playstation network, Dana White... I mean have they done anything of any real value? What have they done, shown or proven? What is the point? Are they going after great injustices? Seriously they are just pick pockets... even worse... at least pick pockets come away with something tangible. What good is knowing how to hack into sensitive information if you do nothing useful with it? I don't understand or get "hackers"