U.S. Government Seeks To Deny The Internet To Its Enemies

Although currently unclear on how the Bush administration would go about denying the Internet to its enemies, cyberspace may become a more active battlefield in the war on terrorism. The new National Strategy for Homeland Security, issued earlier this week by the White House, places a greater emphasis on the "uninterrupted use of the Internet and the communications systems, data, monitoring, and control systems that comprise our cyberinfrastructure." The government's 2006 National Infrastructure Protection Plan acknowledges the need to better secure cyberspace and also suggests that defensive actions will be accompanied by offensive measures.

Whatever its plan for cyberspace, the Bush administration describes the Internet as a tool for the nation's enemies and as a source of vulnerability. The document reads: "The Internet has become a training ground, with terrorists acquiring instruction once possible only through physical training camps. In addition to discrediting their terrorist propaganda on the Internet with the promotion of truthful messages, we will seek to deny the Internet to our terrorist enemies as an effective safe haven for their recruitment, fund-raising, training, and operational planning."

News source: InformationWeek

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The net was designed to continue working even in the event of a nuclear war.

The internet yes, the World Wide Web no. The WWW works on a system called DNS. The Root DNS servers are US controlled. The US could quite easily deny access to those DNS servers if it chose to. The countries in question would then have to rely on their own internal DNS servers to resolve domain names to IP addresses. However these would quickly get out of date with no master servers to update from, essentially meaning the countries in question would have to get to sites by IP address only.

So while I don't think the US could physically cut a country off from the internet, they could essentially disable the DNS system for that country and force everyone to remember IP addresses for things.

TCLN Ryster said,
The internet yes, the World Wide Web no. The WWW works on a system called DNS. The Root DNS servers are US controlled. The US could quite easily deny access to those DNS servers if it chose to. The countries in question would then have to rely on their own internal DNS servers to resolve domain names to IP addresses. However these would quickly get out of date with no master servers to update from, essentially meaning the countries in question would have to get to sites by IP address only.

So while I don't think the US could physically cut a country off from the internet, they could essentially disable the DNS system for that country and force everyone to remember IP addresses for things.

It would just be replaced with something else, situated OUTSIDE of the USA. Isn't around 60%, or more, of the Internet outside of the USA?

Further proof that all the control of the Internet root servers needs to be moved out of US control and soil and distributed internationally under the UN banner.

They may not be perfect but they're a whole damn lot better than the US gov't.

the UN...lol....we know how effective the UN is with all them Resolutions..this would be a joke and nightmare if the UN had anything to do with the internet..buy the time they agreed to disagree on something...you wouldn't have any Internet Service at all. so sharpen your pencil and buy some stamps....

jwjw1 said,
the UN...lol....we know how effective the UN is with all them Resolutions..this would be a joke and nightmare if the UN had anything to do with the internet..buy the time they agreed to disagree on something...you wouldn't have any Internet Service at all. so sharpen your pencil and buy some stamps....

That is only because the US abuses its veto powers.

Technically the rest of the world has been leeching off the US private P2P ARPA network for the last 30 years, now we just deciding to apply some filtering.

Budious said,
Technically the rest of the world has been leeching off the US private P2P ARPA network for the last 30 years, now we just deciding to apply some filtering.

What? Do you know what the first networks were created for? Or why?

I see you have some catchy buzzwords strung together there but I don't see any comprehension for how they are meant to read as a valid comment.

ARPA - Military, not private. ARPANET was originally created to give the government a way to communicate in case of catastrophic destruction, which was almost immediately handed over to leading universities who developed the network. MILNET somehow became a quiet sibling to the edumacational development.

ARPA in the 60s:
http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/robert...panet_large.gif

OO look here, by the mid 80s some external sites are fully established. Without knowing the details of each one I'd have to assume theyre at least a few years old by this time (yay usenet):
http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/world_..._1986_large.gif

Read more:
http://www.computerhistory.org/internet_history/

And whats this crap about leeching from P2P? Have you ever heard of a BBS? FTP? HTTP? All internet transactions are "p2p".

seamer said,
I see you have some catchy buzzwords strung together there but I don't see any comprehension for how they are meant to read as a valid comment.

ala sarcasm

lol ... "they hate our freedom" ... usa ... usa ...

I always remember the movie "Idiocracy (2006)" ...


smart people are always less than the idiots in the world, but in the us ... damn it's horrible ><;

Some scary World Police ideas there....

Reminds me of the movie by the south park guys...lol the one with america blowing up a village just to kill 10 terrorists. LOL sad case it is.


The other picture behind this is what are the criteria for the U.S. to say a country is an enemy of terror ?

Is it the same idiot generalizing like they did with drugs in the U.S. ? The u.s. government says if you buy marijuana you are supporting terrorism. WTF!

If you host bittorrent sites you support terrorism too ?? lol WTF!


They will be shooting themselves in the foot...The u.s. fails to realize that they aren't self sufficient. they depend on everyone else to survive like other countries do.

I see a backfire coming if this comes to light....some of these same "terrorist states" produce commodities for the U.S. consumption. lol what are they really thinking.

bet they won't block IRAQ... no because OIL comes from there. haha


sounds like Bush is coming up with these ludicrous ideas himself. lol you go mr. Yale educated commander in chief.


The u.s. government says if you buy marijuana you are supporting terrorism. WTF

If you buy Crack or cocaine, you are supporting the CIA!

so

its like, theyre gonna first shut down a domain name, then hunt down the ip address associated with the domain and use hacker tools against it or something

methinks, there could be more elaborate ways etc... like they target a specific website, and the data that is passed onto visitors is different from what is actually in the website, and it gets swapped around every minute or so , and nobody would notice it unless they were actually looking for stuff like that happening... most people would be happy just because their webpage loads, and also for most people the website is the only way they communicate...

soon everyone will be the us enemy. And its logic, using their logic "you are with us or you are against us". Soon! US in the LOST island :P

The American govt does not care about its own people why would they care about the rest of the world ? Just look in to the treatment American Soldiers get when they get back from war versus the benefits awarded to soldiers in Asian countries. So much for being numero uno of this world.

Ok, here's my take on this.......
I'm against censorship of ANY kind. If someone says something I don't like, produces a tv/radio/newpaper/movie
I don't like, real simple, I DON'T LISTEN/WATCH IT!
I see this action, if taken, the same as the UN getting "control" of the internet. Whoever has control (should be NO ONE), can therefore control its content. I want a FREE exchange of ideas on BOTH sides.
Republicans want to ban this, democrats want to ban that, what's the difference?
One country wants to limit something, and the other wants to limit something.....same thing.
Leave the d**n internet alone.......with porn all over the place it is slow enough LOL.
These countries wanting to restrict access will only slow it down more.

While I think this whole thing is stupid, it's disheartening to see the usual vile hate for America spewed here on Neowin.

TRC said,
While I think this whole thing is stupid, it's disheartening to see the usual vile hate for America spewed here on Neowin.

It's not like any Americans spend lots of time surfing around on this site anyways. Oh wait, I do sorry.

I know. It's when their little **** hole country is in a jam they can't get out of.. then it's our fault if we don't help. We should pull our money and or troops out of every other country. Let them all kill each other. **** em.

RAID 0 said,
I know. It's when their little **** hole country is in a jam they can't get out of.. then it's our fault if we don't help. We should pull our money and or troops out of every other country. Let them all kill each other. **** em.

Wow. That was exactly the mentality that America had at the start of the 20th century. Then there was that little skirmish at Pearl Harbour, and well...you know how that changed people's minds in the end.

seamer said,

Wow. That was exactly the mentality that America had at the start of the 20th century. Then there was that little skirmish at Pearl Harbour, and well...you know how that changed people's minds in the end.

I know. Hey, everyone wants us out.. let's take our troops and our money/aid with it. That's all. Screw all the other nations. What have they done to help us, ever?

TRC said,
While I think this whole thing is stupid, it's disheartening to see the usual vile hate for America spewed here on Neowin.

and you thought electing bush is going to make everyone send you flowers.

kyro said,

and you thought electing bush is going to make everyone send you flowers.

Not everyone voted for him. How's your country's GNP, by the way?

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