For the first time in their history, they are preparing to change the cryptographic keys that help protect the Internet’s Domain Name System.
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The changes announced by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have generated a great uproar. The entity issued a statement explaining what they will actually do and the possible risks. Although, it will not be the collapse of the Internet, as has been said.
ICANN is a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases, related to the names and numerical spaces of the Internet. This ensures the stability of the network.
A few days ago they issued a statement mentioning that they are preparing, for the first time in their history, to change the cryptographic keys that help protect the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).
This process, known as the transfer of the key to the signing of the key of the root zone (KSK), is scheduled for next October 11 and, although ICANN expects it to generate minor problems, it recognizes that “a small percentage of users” might experience failures when browsing the Internet.
Changing these keys is essential to internet security, just as internet users should be changing passwords on a regular basis, ICANN says. The update will help prevent certain nefarious activities such as attackers taking control of a session and directing users to a site that for example might steal their personal information.
The collapse of the Internet? No, in fact, this adds to the entity: “According to the analysis of the relevant data, more than 99% of the users whose resolvers are validating will not be affected by the transfer of the KSK. Users who use at least one resolver ready for handover will not notice any change when using the DNS, or Internet in general, once the handover has occurred,” they said.
So according to ICANN, you will not need to prepare in the same way as you may have done for the last doomsday, Y2K.
We delay the Zombie Apocolypse once again.