These Countries Hold the Keys to the 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.

(Source: PopSci.)

Marcus Yam
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  • blurr91
    Burkina Faso!? You're kidding me?
  • Blessedman
    We are doomed! "Where is your smartcard?" ... "OH NO!!! I left it at home in the blast zone..."
  • nord_musician
    Prison Break season 4 anyone? :D
  • yellowblue
    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.
  • borisof007
    This sounds like an awesome movie idea. Villain steals all the cards and holds the keys to the internet!
  • "Burkina Faso!? You're kidding me?"

    And what are u saying? --> Trinidad and Tobago ?! Are u really kidding me?"
  • loomis86
    trade bukina faso and china for caymans and bermuda.
  • loomis86
    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.
  • t1t4n1um
    i wonder where the keys for taking down the internet are....
  • maigo
    The Aliens are hacking our internets, the only solution is to reboot the whole internet!
    What a bad yet true movie line