New Delhi: Amidst reports of users experiencing internet shutdown over the next 48 hours, a cybersecurity official told NDTV that India would not witness any such discontinuance. “All arrangements are in place and there will be no internet shutdown in India as is being circulated in the media,” the news channel quoted Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator as saying.
Earlier in the day, ANI reported that internet users across the globe may experience widespread network failures as the key domain servers are slated to undergo routine maintenance over the next 48 hours. Russia Today reported that global internet users might experience network connection failures as the main domain servers and its related network infrastructure will be down for some time.
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.
Meanwhile, an official from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) told NDTV that the impact on users will be minimal, and the original report headline bearing ”internet shutdown” is a click bait.
“Unfortunately, that story carries a headline that is a click bait. There will be minimal impact to users. Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99% of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected,” an ICANN spokesperson from Singapore told NDTV.