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(2010-08-03) "The report of Internet's death was an exaggeration"

So what’s up in the security world? Right now it’s business as usual with few new wide-spread attacks. But when it comes to blended mixtures of old attacks, there’s really no slowdown to be seen. During the month of October 2009, we saw a global surge in spam, but I doubt people cared too much about it. It seems to me that the Internet works a bit like the human body. There is always something that the immune defense system has to attack and destroy. We only feel sick when the fight isn’t going so well. When I originally wrote this text in October of 2009, my left ear was under attack by evil bacteria’s and I had a mild fever. A few days later I was right as rain, so it obviously didn't kill me. The same is true about the Internet, when it gets “sick”. A few years ago, a prominent doom sayer wrote that the Internet will fail in 2006. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. In 2008 an all out attack on the root DNS servers was unsuccessful and the people betting on the death of the Internet have their eyes set on 2012.

Would it be pretentious of me to laugh at them in advance, you think?

“There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they Do... Not... Know about it!”

- K, ”Men in black”

Oh, by the way, the headline is a reference to Mark Twain's famous quote "The report of my death was an exaggeration". In Mr. Twain's case it's not a rumor anymore, but the Internet should still be alive when you read this text on it.

Posted: 2010-08-03 by Erik Zalitis
Changed: 2010-08-04 by Erik Zalitis

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