Hackers Did Not Bring Down the Entire Internet Today


If you can still read this, then chances are that Operation Global Blackout has failed (or not yet succeeded.) For those who sometimes manage to get offline now and again: OGB is a planned attack by hacker collective Anonymous on the Domain Name System, which converts the domain names (example: nymag.com!) into numbers, so computers can understand whether you want to spend the next hour of your life Wikipedia-ing weird history or watching drunk people do things on YouTube (or whatever.) It helps that the online assault, which was supposed to happen today, was announced six weeks ago, which gave engineers time to prepare. But, as the Times warns, the effects of might “be felt only after several days, when parts of the system would be impaired by very heavy flow of network data.” Get ready, people.