Internet Shutdown Looming?

Posted: 03/08/2012 in Politics
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The largest solar storm in 5 years is heading our way, ETA tomorrow morning, between 5 and 10am GMT.

The enormous amount of solar particles coming our way have prompted numerous airlines and energy providers to go on high alert, in case of loss of communication or power.

Solar storms are usually relatively small and innocuous, but large storms like the one heading right for us can result in massive amounts of technological damage, disabling satellites, knocking out power grids, and disrupting networks.

But here’s what’s odd:

Mid-way through last month (that is, February 2012), the government warned that the FBI might be forced to shut down numerous network servers, cutting off the internet for millions of users. They had to do this, we were told, in response to a virus that threatened to shut down government as well as Fortune 500 systems. RT reports:

Security company IID (Internet Identity) believes that half of all Fortune 500 companies and more than two dozen major government entities in the US are still currently infected with the worm as of early 2012. Unless they take the proper steps to eradicate the Trojan from their systems, millions of users worldwide will be left hog-tied, helplessly attempting to navigate to nonexistent servers and, in effect, without the Web.

The really strange coincidence here is that the planned date of the FBI-initiated internet shutdown was on or around March 8th. Just three days ago, a federal judge ordered that the FBI allow another 120 days for government and corporate servers to purge themselves of the virus, in an effort to avoid a possibly chaotic shutdown.

So, we’ve got two reports. The first, from about a month ago, stating that the FBI had to shut down the internet for millions of users on or around March 8th due to security concerns. The second, from two days ago, stating that a massive solar storm is heading our way that could shut down the internet for millions of users on or around March 8th. Odd.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence. Maybe it’s nothing. But keep your eyes open.

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