Many of us remember the exciting Internet as the arena for the free exchange of ideas, debate and sharing of creativity, news, commerce etc.
The Internet once held the promise of a more democratic world. Everyone would have a voice, a medium, to share ideas and thoughts on.
Instead of pointing at commerce as the culprit for killing the Internet I will point at large corporations exploiting people's inherent laziness.
Once Apple and Google introduced apps to the world more and more percentage of user eyeballs were now locked into the apple or google app bubble world. I remember being told about the "halo effect" of buying an Apple device which I love. I use these great devices to use the Internet still. If you are reading this story... then so do you. Congratulations.
But the question really is... How did you get to this page?
Forums would also simultaneously be ignored as Facebook.com would become an app and actually become the de facto Internet for most people.
Apple would purposely handcuff it's iOS browser in order to make developers use apps.
The browser wars have never ended. This is a race for people's eyeballs.
Google searches for news would start to slide.
Forums like this would try to add more functionality to compete with social media and would see readership and engagement suffer over time.
Information is power. True. But we should update this saying to something like.... Power is controlling the flow of information to the masses of people.
The pen truly is mightier than the sword.
How will this story end? Will ever faster connections make apps (which are basically caches) disappear in favor of fully functional browsers?
Will another dominant player arise?
Will Google empower the people again as it did with Windows Office subjugation?
We live in interesting times.
Thanks to the action, in just one day almost 20 thousand people looked at the "YouTube" video message
... There was only the Internet, ...
there is an "announcement" from ONE (1) bethel on the internet yesterday
I DO NOT THINK THERE IS ANY "ANNOUNCEMENT" from any bethel here !!!!
Almost every major service that isn't part of a major internet provider seemed to be having issues. As such, Google and Facebook appeared to stay up – but almost everything else was down
Twitter is down again!
Twitter felt the sting of downtime Friday. In the two-hour window of the initial impact, it said, "various Twitter domains including twitter.com may have been inaccessible for users in some regions, due to failures resolving particular DNS hostnames."
In a denial-of-service attack, targeted computers get hit with an overwhelming volume of bogus data requests, which dramatically slows down access and in extreme cases can completely cut off legitimate traffic.
The outage, mainly affecting the northeast U.S., seems to have been brought on by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, an Internet company that hosts a variety of widely used platforms, though it is currently unclear why this happened.
Writing on its website Friday morning, Dyn said it had been the subject of an attack, adding that “some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time.” Service has since been restored, according to DNS status reports.
Dyn, the affected company, indicated earlier that the issue had been fixed. But then it reported again that it had "begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue".
It still isn't clear where that cyber attack originated or when or how it was likely to stop.
A list of major websites who have been affected:
and even service providers including Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and AT&T were also affected.
and several other platforms appeared to go dark or experience problems
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