A terrorist attack or other disaster that destroyed key telecommunications equipment in major cities would disrupt the Internet much like severe storms at airline hubs ties up the nationâ€™s air traffic, a new study suggests.
Researchers at Ohio State University conducted experiments in which they simulated what would happen if a disaster crippled major nodes of the Internet â€“ places that house the equipment where Internet traffic is collected and distributed.
The results showed that major cities that serve as Internet nodes would continue to have network access in most scenarios, although it would probably be much less functional. But smaller and medium sized cities that link to the Internet through these major hub cities could be disconnected from the entire network.
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