Is COVID-19 Making the Internet Sick?

“Thank God for the Web!”

And, “I don’t know how I would have coped without seeing my friends and family on Zoom.”

Or, “How did they possible manage back in 1918 (during the last equivalent pandemic) without the Internet?”

We’ve all heard widespread sentiments like this for weeks now, and even as the countries begin to end the lockdowns and open more community businesses, large numbers of people plan to continue working from home for months, or until a vaccine is available or perhaps even forever.

There is no doubt that our connected virtual world has come to the rescue and enabled constant global communication at a level that would have been impossible at the beginning of this millennium. Internet service providers (ISPs), telecommunications and technology companies and many others have offered free services, new apps, expanded coverage and increased speeds to enable enhanced virtual lives for millions of people around the world.  

In fact, according the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of Americans say the Internet has been essential during the COVID-19 outbreak, and another 34 percent say it is important but not essential. The list of digital “new normal” opportunities is, without a doubt, remarkable.

Nevertheless, there is a now a rapidly growing body of evidence suggesting that COVID-19 isn’t just making people catch a virus. This pandemic appears to be making the Internet explode with viruses and more ‘dark side’ troubles — with potential impacts that will reshape the future of cyberspace far after we can finally get our hair cut again or eat-out at a restaurant again with friends.

And sadly, despite the fact that an effective vaccine now seems highly probable within a year, there will be no simple cure to fix the Internet’s woes.      

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/is-covid-19-making-the-internet-sick.html