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Submission + - Could Anonymous bring down the web?

EliSowash writes: "I once heard Anonymous described as "a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots.” But, they've made it pretty clear they intend to "shut down the internet" on March 31 in what they call Operation Global Blackout. Their "plan" is to knock out the 13 root DNS servers. Seems easy enough, right? The IP addresses are published, there's only 13, seems a prime target for a DDoS.

But, as Cricket Liu explaints , the real world just ain't that easy. The boffins that manage the root DNS servers have designed a fault tolerant and resiliant infrastructure. Those 13 IP addresses actually represent about 280 individual name servers, unicasting across the internet in such a way that a DDoS is practically impossible."
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Could Anonymous bring down the web?

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