The internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn’t: The whole internet is protected by seven highly protected keys in the hands of 14 people.

And in a few days, they will hold a historic ritual known as the Root Signing Ceremony.

On Friday morning, the world got a good reminder about the importance of the organization these people belong to.

A good chunk of the internet went down for a while when hackers managed to throw so much traffic at a company called Dyn that Dyn’s servers couldn’t take it.

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