Seven People Hold Keys to ‘Restart’ the Internet

In the event of a security breach – such as a terrorist attack – seven individuals now hold keys to the internet that may needed to get it running again. All seven of the key holders are spread around the world and five of the individuals are be required to travel to a secure location in the United States in order to get it the web back functioning if it goes down. From this month on, the internet will become more secure through a new international agreement and process which verifies web sites and helps protect email accounts from fraud, using high tech cryptographic keys. DNSSEC (domain name system security) as it is called is a new online security system that ensures people reach a genuine website, rather than a look-alike pirate site.

DNSSEC Key

A minimum of five of the seven keyholders – one each from Britain, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic – would have to converge at a U.S. base with their keys to restart the system and connect everything once again.

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