Connected Magazine

How vulnerable is the internet to attacks?

The internet was designed for resilience, but few of us understand how it truly works. Could significant chunks of the whole thing ever simply topple over, asks Jason Walsh

The disruptive potential of outages is higher today than ever before as the internet becomes not only the primary channel for communicating

E-mails, video calls, online shopping orders, social media posts and videos of cats falling over: for most of us the internet appears as a virtual thing, entirely immaterial and if we think at all about where it is located then it is somewhere ‘out there’.

Of course, the reality is rather different. The internet is not a ‘cloud’, it is a very material thing: a global network composed of interconnecting local, regional and national networks, ...