The Internet could shutdown for 24 hours in 2017, says tech expert

LogRhythm's chief information security officer James Carder predicts Internet shutdown and fake news to dominate in 2017

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The Internet could shutdown for 24 hours in 2017, says tech expert The prediction comes from the signs seen this year, where websites, including Twitter and Spotify, were down for a few hours.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  December 26, 2016

With 2017 fast approaching, the tech industry has predicted what will take off next year, from cloud to the Internet of Things, however one technology expert predicts that the Internet will shutdown for 24 hours next year.

LogRhythm's chief information security officer and vice president James Carder foresees that a 24 hour shutdown could be down to a full-scale DDoS attack. Speaking to Business Insider, he said: "In 2017, we're going to see it hit big sometime, somewhere. If the internet goes down, financial markets will tank."

The prediction comes from the signs seen this year, where websites, including Twitter and Spotify, were down for a few hours. Carder told Business Insider that these were just tests by online criminals.

He added: "If you can prove that you can take down massive sites and a large chunk of the US internet for a few hours, a 24-hour outage seems pretty easy to do."

The technology expert also predicted that the controversy around ‘fake news' will continue into the New Year, but will get worse.

"The power of influence is starting to shift away from mainstream news outlets, and I don't think that is something those mainstream outlets can afford to let happen. They will respond to the fake-news threat by trying to implement some level of media control that will likely take it a little too far," he said.

"I think hackers, in the name of protecting our freedom of speech, will retaliate by knocking down a major media outlet or two."

 

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