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Solar storm could cause 'Internet apocalypse'

September 12, 2021 | Comment icon 23 comments

Could you survive an 'Internet apocalypse ?' Image Credit: NASA/Steele Hill
Scientists have warned that a devastating solar storm could disrupt the world's Internet for months.
The last time a coronal mass ejection from the Sun hit the Earth was in 1921, a time long before computers, mobile phones and many of the other things that we now take for granted.

More recently, however, scientists have warned that if a major solar storm happened now, it could cause serious disruption to our way of life due to our reliance on electronic communications.

According to new data presented at the SIGCOMM 2021 data communication conference, such an event could cause an 'Internet apocalypse' that could take down online systems for months.
Given that everything from card payments to messaging services rely on the Internet to function, a disruption of this nature and of this magnitude could prove disastrous.

"What really got me thinking about this is that with the pandemic we saw how unprepared the world was," said study co-author Abdu Jyothi from the University of California, Irvine.

"There was no protocol to deal with it effectively, and it's the same with internet resilience. Our infrastructure is not prepared for a large-scale solar event."

With the likelihood of a coronal mass ejection occurring being only around 1.6-1.4% per decade, however, it's possible that we may be able to avoid this particular disaster scenario - at least for now.

Source: Live Science | Comments (23)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by XenoFish 4 months ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by Inn Spectre 4 months ago
To hell with the internet, it could knock-out your ECU.†† The smart thinking is that the effect of a CME would not be as devastating as some foretell. † †
Comment icon #16 Posted by jmccr8 4 months ago
Hi Doug Yeah but how would you sell it without ebay I would keep them and sell services then†hire smarter people than me to take care of it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by jmccr8 4 months ago
Hi Glorybee When was that I haven't had any problems?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Doug1066 4 months ago
You'd have to climb a tree and holler. Doug
Comment icon #19 Posted by glorybebe 4 months ago
It was September 2.† But, when we called into the carriers,† it was more widespread we were told it was across Canada https://www.google.com/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/local/calgary/2021/9/2/1_5571323.amp.html
Comment icon #20 Posted by jmccr8 4 months ago
Hi Glorybee Thanks that must have happened while I was working and didnít notice anything†
Comment icon #21 Posted by glorybebe 4 months ago
It was quite interesting at work.† People need their phones,† and some were quite upset, understandably so.††
Comment icon #22 Posted by jmccr8 4 months ago
I can imagine for some it would, I was doing a Reno in the office at a resort so was not using my phone other than during meals or after work that week
Comment icon #23 Posted by mesuma 4 months ago
Ach well.† You're still Alive.

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