Last Updated: 2012-03-30 09:29:50 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 1)
No, this isn't about the Mayan calendar, and that particular instance of "End of the World" is anyway not scheduled to happen until December 21st.
This is about March 31st, and the announcement by "Anonymous", or those who claim to be "Anonymous", to wipe out the DNS root servers with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on March 31. Cricket Liu, the author of most of the O'Reilly DNS books and an authority on the subject, has posted a good blog entry at http://www.cricketondns.com/post.cfm/could-a-ddos-attack-against-the-roots-succeed, explaining in-depth that while such an attack is theoretically feasible, it is unlikely to succeed at a large scale.
We'll have to see. If DNS stops working tomorrow, we at least only have to live without it until December 21st, when the world will end for good anyway :).