Would it be possible for hackers to crash the world's internet, if only for a while ?
- dewcoonsLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
The Internet (actually the TCP/IP protocol that it runs on) was invented in the 1960's during the Cold War. One of the major concerns was that the Russians could take down any kind of s computer network that we build. (There were no networks at this time.) So it was decided to build TCP/IP in such a way that it would be impossible to take the entire network down with any one attack.
It is decides so that when a packet it put on the Internet, it will broadcast copies of itself to every possible device it can find. Each of those devices will check the destination address and if it is not for them pass it on to as many other computers as they can. Hopefully one of those copies by blind luck will find its way to its actual destination.
Because of this, if hackers or terrorist were to take down any part of the Internet, it should route messages around the infected part and get to its destination by a different route. It is possible that they could take down specific sections of the Internet (such as all the Yahoo sites.) But they would not be able to take down everything. It is too big and has too many limbs. If they took one (or many) down, it would just route around them.
- River EuphratesLv 71 month ago
The trick is, if they took down the whole Internet, they wouldn't be able to use it to hack.
I could see someone doing it just for laughs and/or bragging rights though.
- UserLv 71 month ago
If it were possible
someone would certainly have already done so
just to see if they could succeed.
- Jake No ChatLv 71 month ago
Yes, it would be possible. It could be done, and it would get people's attention.
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- rustbucketLv 61 month ago
So far they have so much fun hacking it's a joke.