Sensational news! At least we can say that in today’s scenario. Where life is so dependent on social networking websites. In nutshell, it’s difficult to imagine life without the internet. Just a mere thought of it, will make all of us freeze, isn’t it?
But have you ever thought what would be the consequences if the Internet really went down? One thing is sure shot imaginable that it will be disastrous.
What if the internet stopped working for a day?
- Internet Collapse and Communication Errors
A world without the Internet would probably seem very strange to us now. Depending upon the nature of the disaster and how you defined the Internet, even basic services like text messaging or cell phone service could become unavailable. That’s because the infrastructure for these services is also part of the Internet infrastructure. If you take this thought experiment to an extreme case, even the phone lines might not work since they, too, form part of the Internet’s infrastructure.
You wouldn’t be able to log on to social networking sites and services like Facebook or Twitter. You wouldn’t be able to fire up an instant messaging service to check up on friends. Many of the tools we rely on to keep up with what our friends and family are doing would cease to exist. If the cell phone towers and telephone lines were also affected, we’d be reduced to writing letters and sending them through the post office.
Transferring files between computers would be difficult, too. You’d either need to store the files on some form of physical media like a compact disc or you’d need to connect the two computers with a physical cable. Projects that depend upon grid computing to make complex calculations wouldn’t work either. Cloud computing services would also fail and the information you store on those services could become inaccessible.
- The Economic Fallout
If the Internet did collapse somehow, the economic impact would be disastrous. While the loss of services like electronic banking or PayPal would be annoying, the effects would extend much further.
Think of the businesses that depend on the Internet. Every Web site would be offline. Huge companies like Google or Amazon would become obsolete instantly. Other companies like Microsoft would see enormous sections of their operations disappear. Even companies that only use the Web as a means of advertisement would be adversely affected.
- Political Crises
The economic fallout would probably be the primary crisis governments would face around the world if the Internet were to collapse. But that would just be one problem world leaders would face.
As the Internet has become more pervasive, countries have used it to gather intelligence and to spy on one another. The loss of the Internet would be an enormous blow to intelligence agencies. Sharing information would become slow and difficult. Some governments might react to such a situation rashly. It’s impossible to predict how each government would react; however, it’s not hard to imagine a series of events that could escalate into a conflict.
But luckily, it didn’t happen. Instead, one of the world’s biggest video streaming platform suffered a global outage on Wednesday (17th October 2018) morning, affecting every single user globally, including India as well.
Nonetheless, YouTube managed to reestablish the services back online without revealing curtain of reason over this global outage.
At 7:00 am, the moment YouTube went down, those first users who faced this issue took this report on Twitter. After some time, a bulk of screenshots and messages are tweeted/ retweeted one by one to YouTube with the hashtag YouTubewentdown. The surprising thing is that the video streaming platform is not the only platform that went down, but rather YouTube Music and YouTube TV were additionally influenced by this global outage. This global outage issue wasn’t particular to platforms as YouTube on web and applications were not working. Users globally who were affected were met with a blank page on attempting to get to the video streaming service.
Downdetector, a site that tracks Internet and telecom administrations, revealed that the blackout affected users around the globe. The live map indicated problem areas in parts of Europe, North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and India.
YouTube reestablishes services
After over 30 minutes of blackout, YouTube said that its services were back on the Internet. The organization, be that as it may, did not uncover why its services went down.
” We’re back! Thanks for all of your patience. If you continue to experience issues, please let us know” it said.
Greatest blackout in YouTube’s history?
YouTube’s most recent blackout is said to be among the longest service interferences in the organization’s history. YouTube TV, which communicates live matches, confronted two noteworthy issues this year. YouTube TV went down amid the World Cup match among Croatia and England. A few users griped of the service not working during the different matches too. An exact occurrence occurred during the time of an NBA match in May.
At the point when Pakistan caused YouTube blackout
In 2008, YouTube went down for a few hours after the Pakistan government’s endeavor to square access to the administration in the nation. The blackout was bad to the point that it even caused correspondence issues between the Middle East to India.
While YouTube hasn’t yet explained the cause behind this global outage, multiple theories point towards a plethora of possible agents in which one of them connects with a group of hackers.
Currently, this group is in question, which goes by the name of ‘Project Zorgo,’ posted a screenshot of YouTube Website to their Twitter account on October 16 boasting about how they accomplished the DoomsDay Test on YouTube website by taking it down.
“Project Zorgo has successfully taken YouTube offline!” this is the caption they wrote above the screenshot of the blank YouTube website.
The Twitter account profile likewise points to a possible involvement in the global outage, reading, “We are the YouTube Hacker group. We believe YouTube has become too powerful and is a threat to traditional media.”
In addition, this group of hackers also claimed to have hacked YouTube’s trending page in early September, which they advertised with a dramatic video. According to the clip, the Project Zorgo had placed one of their own videos on the trending page, which was titled, ‘Project Zorgo Doomsday Date.’
They say that the September hack was just only phase one in their DoomsDay plan to take down the online video platform.
Other probable causes include that of the organization ICANN, who reportedly switched the security keys to YouTube’s DNS servers. While neither of these possibilities has been confirmed by YouTube, the site is now up and running as usual – for now.