Friday, April 17, 2009

Internet House of Cards

This is a sobering article by Dan Goodin, posted by The Register, that shows, again, how vulnerable the Internet is to a massive, and sustained, interruption.

I liked one of the comments that said that everything is possible – impossible just takes longer. The theoretical difficulties of creating tools that can easily exploit these inherent vulnerabilities is negated when the first tool is released in the wild and reverse engineered.

It is not going to take long, at all, before we start seeing more Internet outages, in both duration and quantity, similar to what was experienced about a month ago when the Yugoslavian ISP engineer accidentally misconfigured BGP on his border router. But, this time, it will be accidentally on purpose.

It's time to brush the dust of off the outage notification policies, because we are going to be using them more - and soon.