This is an old article about regulation of the Internet of Things (i.e. “non-computer” computers like baby monitors and “smart” fridges) but it’s mostly interesting because it’s talking about how the attack on Dyn, a managed DNS service, impacted so many websites.

If you’re Internet Old like me, you might remember that, way back in the day, the literal entire point of the internet was to build a network that wouldn’t fail after an attack on any single point (it was designed to facilitate ongoing military communications in the event of, say, a command post being bombed out, for example).

I always find it kind of… interesting that the modern implementation of the internet no longer works according to this ideal, due to the fact that so much of the underlying infrastructure has been consolidated into the hands of so few players. In other words, the internet was designed in the lab to be robust and almost impossible to “kill”. But in practical implementation? It really doesn’t take much to destroy it.

Thanks, capitalism!