There is going to be a major shutdown of the internet around the world come 2017, according to a prediction by some experts.
LogRhythm’s company chief information security officer and vice president, James Carder, said the internet will be shut off next year. LogRhyhm is a specialized company majoring in security information. This might have come as a surprise to many people as tons of people spend their entire whole day just using the internet.
"In 2017, we're going to see it hit big sometime, somewhere," he said. "If the internet goes down, financial markets will tank.” Carder further explained, “We saw the massive [distributed denial of service] against DynDNS just a couple of months ago. That DDoS attack took down sites like Twitter and Spotify for a few hours. We saw a similar DDoS hit Brian Krebs before the attack against Dyn – these were really just tests.”
Carder said that the shutdown would be the result of criminals testing missiles by throwing it in oceans, which massively affected the shutdown of Twitter and Spotify. He also stated that if the hackers could take down Twitter and Spotify for a few hours, the 24-hour shutdown is not far reached.
Carder just didn’t predict the internet shut down next year but also the outcome of the trending “fake news.” He said that hackers may be the ones unleashing the fake news on Facebook and may then take over major news channels like CNN and FOX News. Carder said that the hackers may be prioritizing people's freedom of speech so they took on the social media networks, according to Business Insider.
On the other hand, Howe, LogRhythm’s ANZ director of sales predicted that hackers may hold personal data of people against themselves. In order to get it back or removed, a ransom must be paid. If that happens, it could cost a person big time just to counter the attack.
“Attackers will use pre-authenticated tokens to disseminate malware. Because so many Apple devices are interconnected, the malware could very quickly spread,” he stated, with Apple's devices used by socialite people nowadays.
Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated on CNBC, that this has gone far enough with the hackers breaching into their political system. This resulted in the creation of a bipartisan panel in order to get the cyber attacks investigated because it seems to be always carried out against the U.S. by other foreign governments.