Prof. Says New Cyberweapon Could Take Down the Internet

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Not everyone can bring the Internet to its knees by turning off the switch, a la Hosni Mubarak. But now a university of Minnesota professor says that he and his colleagues have discovered a technique that would, essentially, paralyze the Internet.

"Routers under extreme computational load tend to do funny things," says Max Schuchard, who explained his Internet doomsday weapon to New Scientist magazine.

It's a bit of a big claim. Up until now, nobody has been able to achieve that feat. In fact, one of the motivations behind the creation of the Internet back in the 1960s was to withstand a catastrophic attack that would paralyze the entire network. But Schuchard seems convinced that a massive take down is theoretically possible. You can read the full story here.

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