At least one Examiner colleague (Michael Stone) has articulated the concern about “Operation Global Blackout” in one of his great columns. This columnist hates treading on his turf, but the OGB has concerns for the gadgets and other connected devices most of you carry. It seems plausible that if such a Blackout is feasible – and indeed “turns off the internet” – your gadget or device will be “turned off” in kind.
No, it wouldn’t be deactivated (for those of you who’ve ever lost or had a cell phone stolen) – at least not permanently. But your iPhone, your iPad or other connected-to-the-internet gadget would logically seem not to be connected to the internet starting tomorrow. This concern is part of the dilemma facing all connected persons on OGB Saturday, tomorrow, March 31, 2012.
So, it would seem that if we do lose the internet on Saturday, your gadget’s operation should be cut in half at the least. This would include those neat apps and features that you have installed on your gadget or device too. It gets more troubling. A lot of folks in the tech biz – like Mashable, Errata and others – report that it is unlikely that #Anonymous could hack into the main servers that provide you with your internet service. Unlikely, but still possible.
It occurs to this columnist that the hacktivists (like #Anonymous) might bypass those servers or possibly “loop around them” – if that is possible. A concerted effort by a group of hactivists might lead to Denial of Service Attacks on the internet-providing companies themselves. One wonders if they have found a way to hack into ATT, Verizon and the other IP giants that provide us these services?
This is where it gets really troubling. If it is possible for a group like the hactivists to shut down the providers at the roots, would it shut down phone and text services as well? In other words, with an internet shutdown might come a telecommunications shutdown. Vital services like 911 calls might be severed. All of which would lead to investigations by organizations like the FBI, CIA, NSA, Secret Service and more. And that begs another viral question – is this all just a trap for the hacktivists? Please check into your gadgets and devices tomorrow, Saturday, Operation Global Shutdown.