Google threatens to shut off the internet for millions this July / Scrape TV - The World on your side (click for full article) May 26 2012 Menlo Park, CA - There may come a time when there is no more Google, when the world of the internet has changed so dramatically that the core services Google provides, search, is irrelevant or at least hardly used. That time is not today. Despite being the dominant and defining force on the internet for a decade, and despite facing stiff competition in many fields from well heeled competitors, and despite even facing trouble from governments around the world, Google has maintained. As powerful as they ever have been, Google continues to define the way we use the internet and, increasingly, how we interact with the world around us. Some, many, great companies have failed but other have persisted, adapting deftly to new environments and changing tastes. Google has certainly started that process, delving into many other fields, but whether or not they will be able to survive in the long term is something still to be seen. Still, for now, they are firmly in charge and the company which will most define the current state of communication including who will communicate, something which may change in July after the company warned about possibly shutting off access to millions this July. "We believe directly messaging affected users on a trusted site and in their preferred language will produce the best possible results. If more devices are cleaned and steps are taken to better secure the machines against further abuse, the notification effort will be well worth it," wrote Google security engineer Damian Menscher on the company blog. At issue is a dangerous form of malware which could disrupt DNS systems across the world. DNS is the system which manages all web traffic. It's not clear why Google is being so vague about resolving the problem and why they haven't just fixed it. If the DNS servers go down it will knock millions offline which yes, does include things like web browsing and email but computers will still be functional. "DNS serves being knocked offline is a worst case scenario but there is no doubt that this particular bug will be problematic. It is strange that Google hasn't come with a solution considering how affected they will be, but I guess they have their own plan in place," said Scrape TV Technology analyst Ken Kevins. "I can understand computer repair people not wanting to fix the problem because they are going to make all kinds of money if people can't access Facebook but for Google it is their lifeblood, people being online, and they don't seem to be taking it too seriously." Google is sending out messages to people they believe are infected with the bug, which of course will make more work for repair experts. "I doubt very much that the whole internet thing will go down in July but there could still be a lot of problems especially for people who don't really understand computers which is a huge chunk of the population and, frankly, mostly ones who will be affected by this virus," continued Kevins. "Hopefully things work out but if they don't, well I guess society will still go on in some way. People should be aware though that if the DNS goes out, all internet devices will cease to function including phones and tablets because it all works the same way." Microsoft, which also runs a search engine, isn't really being helpful in combating the virus for unknown reasons.