The first internet outage of the year
The first online outage of this year is bringing to mind the beginning of a bad season.
For the first time in almost a decade, the average person’s internet connection was down for several hours as the government announced it was taking down access to several websites, including social media sites, the CNN website, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press.
It was the first offline outage since the government shut down the website of the BBC, which had been online for weeks after the September 11 attacks.
But the internet outage was not unprecedented.
A similar outage last December, and a similar one in January, caused some internet service providers to drop off internet service in parts of the country.
The government’s announcement Wednesday that it was temporarily suspending internet service across the country was also likely a result of the first-ever online outage in the country’s history.
“We’re going to continue to see more and more of these types of incidents,” said Matt Gorman, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies the internet.
The first-of-its-kind internet outage is likely to have a lasting impact on internet users’ lives.
People who have no other choice but to use the internet are still going to be struggling to connect, and many people will be struggling with the fact that they’ll have to wait until their homes are reconnected.
“People are going to have to do their part to make sure that we’re all able to continue using the internet,” said Gorman.
The outage was caused by a software bug that was identified by security researchers last month.
While it’s not clear what the bugs did to the computers of people who didn’t immediately turn on their computers, the flaw could have affected tens of millions of users across the nation.
“I think this is the first of many things that are going on in the future that are just going to make things worse,” said Christopher Soghoian, chief technology officer at the Center for Democracy and Technology, which has been monitoring the government’s response to the internet’s problems.
Soghofian noted that, even after the software fixes were put in place, the government had not restored internet access to the majority of the US population.
“The impact is going to remain, because it’s still going on, and it’s going to affect the people who have to deal with this and have to adjust to it,” he said.