Research Shows a Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an ‘Internet Apocalypse’

“What really got me thinking about this is the pandemic and how unprepared the world was. There was no protocol to deal with it effectively, and it’s the same with internet resilience.”
– Computer scientist Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, on her recent paper “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse” that shows continent-connecting undersea cables being particularly at risk. “Our infrastructure is not prepared for a large-scale solar event,” explains Abdu Jyothi. “We have very limited understanding of what the extent of the damage would be.”

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