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No internet shutdown in India confirms Cyber Security official

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MUMBAI: A news report by international television network Russia Today shocked the world as it reported about an internet blackout all over planet earth. The report said that internet users all across the globe may experience widespread network failures following routine maintenance of key domain servers over the next 48 hours.

However, a chief government cyber security official resolved the country’s confusion by clarifying that India will not face any episode of internet shutdown.

“All arrangements are in place and there will be no internet shutdown in India as is being circulated in the media,” stated National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai to NDTV.

Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) explained that the report by Russia Today had a “clickbait” headline. The impact on the internet users would be minimal confirmed ICANN.

Speaking to NDTV, an ICANN spokesperson said, “Unfortunately, that story carries a headline that is a clickbait. There will be minimal impact to users. Note that data analysis suggests that more than 99 per cent of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected.”

The ICANN spokesperson also said, “It has been about 20 hours since the rollover and based on all information we have, everything is going smoothly. There have been only a small handful of reports of issues suspected to be caused by the rollover. In all cases, it appears the impact was minor and the issues were quickly resolved.”

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