Last Friday, websites such as Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and many others crashed for a large portion of U.S. citizens on the eastern seaboard due to a successful hack by anonymous individuals. The hackers managed to attack the servers of Dyn, a major domain name system (DNS) host and basically the “yellow pages” of online addresses.
The attack by the syndicate of hackers effectively not only shutdown websites, but rendered IP address obsolete and ineffective. The cyber-crime caused electronic devices like smartphones, cameras, TVs, and PCs with internet capacity to be accessible to the hackers for stealing of private information.
How was this large internet hack possible? Because President Obama and his administration, along with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), released American-owned control over a vital part of the internet to global entities. American-based nonprofit, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) expired their contract with the U.S. on Oct. 1. Obama chose not to renew it.
“The biggest concern is that countries who don’t value internet freedom, who silence online speech and censor the web, will be able to directly shape internet policy,” Drew Johnson, national director of Protect Internet Freedom, responded to the possibility of their being more internet hackings now that parts are under global control.
What countries will now have an input in the international internet system that will be implemented? Countries such as Russia and China, notorious nations known for attempting to hack and access secure information in the U.S.
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