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  • The Internet is a mesh network with redundancy on a scale that would boggle your mind. Physically it would be difficult to turn the Internet off, barring a world-wide catastrophe.
  • It is possible if a script/worm/virus could spread so fast that all the safeguards are caught unaware and it got to the spine of the internet. But that is what backups are for; restoration. But it is also possible to severly damage internet usage if you attack a huge server farm. That is why google.com keep the location of it's servers top secret. I imagine because they are aware of the damage potential and the headaches it would cause. But even then we'd simply go to another search engine.
  • While not quite impossible it is VERY unprobable. The chance of a virus spreading THAT fast is slim. Since there are so many servers it almost is impossible. While way back when it might have been possible but since computers were so new there werent people who could spread viruses like that and now that they can there are too many things keeping that from happening. I am going to have to go with no it cannot.
  • Yes, given the fact that hacker group "l0pht" testified before congress that they could shut it down in 30 minutes. This would be done using "DOS" or "denial of service" overflows at the 13 key root DNS servers of the world. Also, if specific registrater sites (for domains) were somehow sustained damages to their SQL databases, it could cause widespread internet loss and catastrophe. There are many restrictians, and it would require intense planning, but it would be theoretically feasible.
  • I know this sounds ignorant but its just cause im not good with computers and stuff like t hat soo umm, couldnt you physically destroy the dsn servers with like an explosive device... like if you did that to all of them (13) couldnt you really badly mess up the internet???
  • I know this sounds ignorant but its just cause im not good with computers and stuff like t hat soo umm, couldnt you physically destroy the dsn servers with like an explosive device... like if you did that to all of them (13) couldnt you really badly mess up the internet???
  • we are discussing the possibilities of viruses shutting down the internet, but how about malicious physical forces such as military or governmental agencies? Would it be possible to seize all DNS apparatus and literally paralyze the internet?.. of course local DNS would still be running but ... for how long would it remain current if its head were chopped off?
  • it is every unlikly that it will ever happen but it is possible, there are 13 internet root servers which serve as the spine of the iternet. if you could create a big enough botnet, you could try and create a sustained DDoS on the root servers which would have a massive impact on the internet
  • The Illuminati are doing it now.
  • Yes, press this button: http://www.turnofftheinternet.com/ :D
  • Yes it is. Any number of methods could be used, including use of a global electromagnetic pulse weapon or simple missiles used against every electricity generating plant.
  • It not only can happen, it is likely and has been predicted by NASA. But the cause won't be some virus written by a Chinese troll, it will be from the wind of a huge solar flare. Read about the "Carrington Event" of 1959, where sparks emanated from telegraph wires and most anything metal, and just imagine what that would do to your computer, your router, your ISP, and on up the line. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/06may_carringtonflare.htm
  • Highly UNLIKELY, because fortunately, not all computers run under a MICROSOFT-made operating system!!!
  • Yes, but it would take something like an EMP that would also destroy the entire power grid and electronic and telecommunications infrastructure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76m5EBzVDc0

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