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June 23, 2006
Early-warning System for Internet Emergencies (read Sabotage) Needed
The Wall Street Journal is reporting in In Event of Big Web Disruption, U.S. Is Ill-Prepared, Study Says, that a Business Roundtable study concludes that neither the government nor the private sector has a coordinated plan to respond to an attack, natural disaster or other disruption of the Internet. The study points out that a massive Web disruption could potentially paralyze banks, transportation systems, health-care providers and voice calling over the Internet. Well, of course, it could.[JH]
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Uh, the www is DESIGNED to route around disruptions.
Not only that but with continual low and medium level attacks going on resources are in place for repair of damage including surge capacity.
This is just another attempt at gouging the public through government.
BTW Maintenance of Civilization requires constant repair and there will always be some forseeable event that will temporarily overwhelm networks. Networks designed to handle such events would be wasteful.
Which is why the phone network does well on Mother's Day but did poorly on 9/11.
Posted by: M. Simon | Jun 23, 2006 3:31:36 PM