Yet dozens of glazed doughnut memes and Photoshopped bottoms later, the internet is still working. Of course, the Paper people and Kim weren’t being serious. But it got us thinking: would it be possible to destroy the internet ? It would certainly be hard. The internet is made up of lots and lots of networks which allows data to be sent from computer to computer.
In order for data to get from one computer to another, it is broken up into small chunks (packet data) and then is passed, so quickly it appears to be almost instant, between machines ar
“The internet was designed right from the start to be secure and robust. “It was first developed during the days of the Cold War, in the days of US paranoia, so everything has multiple redundancies.
“Everything at the core of the internet was designed with an alternate way of working.” round the world.
Routers, like the one you might have in your living room, help direct this data from your computer to a web server, which stores information and helps direct it back to you.
“The internet is like a spider’s web: there are many ways of getting across it,” says Gary Thornton, the data center spokesperson for the UK IT Association.
He told Newsbeat: “You can shut down one of the routes but there are many alternate ways of getting across.
“If one route got damaged it could be expensive to repair. There may be some localized interruption and things might take a bit longer but that is it, the internet will carry on.
Professor Ian Brown is associate director of Oxford University’s cyber-security center.
He said if Kim wanted to break the internet she should at least have chosen a 10-minute video to do it, because it would take up more bandwidth.
Bandwidth is the amount of data that can flow down a given wire or internet connection at a time.
However, he said that even then, she would be unlikely to “break the internet”.
“The internet is distributed so it has components all over the world,” he said.
“It’s not like there is one central node [a connection point] that is going to be overloaded.
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