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Michael writes: "A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate (773 & 778) by Senator Jay Rockefeller would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency. A working draft of the legislation obtained by an Internet privacy group also spells out plans to grant the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access.""
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Obama could soon be able to shut down the internet

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  • If i recall an event that happened a few years back, a spam master (pharmamatster or something like that) claimed he could bring down the internet, and was successfull at knocking part of it down.

    While I am hard pressed to find a reason to USE such a power, maybe the availability of the power might be a good idea; a digital form of Mutually Assured Destruction.

    Plus, it would prevent Skynet from ever taking control of the world.
  • I'm sure the US government could force ISPs in the USA to shut down. That does not mean they have "shut down the Internet". I do not see how the USA could stop a packet from Japan to Brazil to Africa. We're not THAT critical to the Internet.
    However, I'm sure many connections would be painfully slow.
    On second thought, maybe they could shut down DNS. I still see some places not located on US soil refusing the order to shut down their DNS root servers, though.

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