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These Countries Hold the Keys to the Internet

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Just in case Mars Attacks... our internet.

Seven very important people right now hold the keys to rebooting the internet, should something catastrophic happen. The key program, is part of an internet safety initiative by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

ICANN has a security protocol called Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC) that ensures that URLs go to the legitimate websites that they are supposed to. Should an attack happen and the links between servers are severed, a minimum of five out of seven key holders must convene at a bunker in the United States to restart the system and the connections between them.

Aside from the U.S., the other key holders are: Canada, Britain, Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, China, and the Czech Republic.

The keys themselves are smartcards that each contain parts of the DNSSEC root key.

DNSSEC

(Source: PopSci.)

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    blurr91 , July 28, 2010 11:37 PM
    Burkina Faso!? You're kidding me?
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    Blessedman , July 28, 2010 11:44 PM
    We are doomed! "Where is your smartcard?" ... "OH NO!!! I left it at home in the blast zone..."
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    eddieroolz , July 29, 2010 1:49 AM
    Burkina Faso? Trinidad and Tobago? WHAT!?

    I expected Japan, Germany and Russia to be on the list, honestly.
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  • 34 Hide
    blurr91 , July 28, 2010 11:37 PM
    Burkina Faso!? You're kidding me?
  • 27 Hide
    Blessedman , July 28, 2010 11:44 PM
    We are doomed! "Where is your smartcard?" ... "OH NO!!! I left it at home in the blast zone..."
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    nord_musician , July 28, 2010 11:44 PM
    Prison Break season 4 anyone? :D 
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    yellowblue , July 28, 2010 11:48 PM
    Why not? If aliens invade they won't suspect that one of the key area is in that part of the world. You could also view it as a training level of the hero who will restore the Internet during alien attack.
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    borisof007 , July 29, 2010 12:14 AM
    This sounds like an awesome movie idea. Villain steals all the cards and holds the keys to the internet!
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2010 12:15 AM
    "Burkina Faso!? You're kidding me?"

    And what are u saying? --> Trinidad and Tobago ?! Are u really kidding me?"
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    loomis86 , July 29, 2010 12:29 AM
    trade bukina faso and china for caymans and bermuda.
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    loomis86 , July 29, 2010 12:30 AM
    Someguy@2010"Burkina Faso!? You're kidding me?"And what are u saying? --> Trinidad and Tobago ?! Are u really kidding me?"


    hey, at least they speak english and don't practice cannibalism.
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    t1t4n1um , July 29, 2010 12:33 AM
    i wonder where the keys for taking down the internet are....
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    maigo , July 29, 2010 12:33 AM
    Quote:
    The Aliens are hacking our internets, the only solution is to reboot the whole internet!

    What a bad yet true movie line
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    Gin Fushicho , July 29, 2010 12:57 AM
    If it get's destroyed and the smart cards don't work, that gives reason for them to start fresh and build a better internet.
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    kal9390 , July 29, 2010 1:29 AM
    whats a Burkina Faso?
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    EveryDayFails , July 29, 2010 1:47 AM
    Really? Our hope for a secure internet is some Chinese made smart cards and some chinese made hardware that generated the keys? We're doomed!
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    eddieroolz , July 29, 2010 1:49 AM
    Burkina Faso? Trinidad and Tobago? WHAT!?

    I expected Japan, Germany and Russia to be on the list, honestly.
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    jsm6746 , July 29, 2010 1:51 AM
    i hope one of these guys kids is not friends with ferris bueller...
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    megahustler , July 29, 2010 3:06 AM
    "Great, all seven of us made it to the secret bunker. Now we can save the Internet! - Who has the key to the bunker?....."
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    wittermark , July 29, 2010 3:41 AM
    EveryDayFailsReally? Our hope for a secure internet is some Chinese made smart cards and some chinese made hardware that generated the keys? We're doomed!

    China was the third country in history to send a man to space, one of the 6 countries to develop nuclear technology (in the 50's), and a booming industry with double digit economic growth for the past decade, also sporting one of the best internet security experts in th world. I'm pretty sure I have no doubt in their abilities.
    so yea, really.
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    Pyroflea , July 29, 2010 3:43 AM
    Go Canada :D 
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    mr_tuel , July 29, 2010 3:50 AM
    If this bunker should somehow be destroyed, I wonder if there is a redundant one somewhere else? You know, "just in case".
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