How many times you or your friends said something related to the breaking the internet? Although we think that the internet is impossible to destroy and it will be forever among us, there are some indications that it could be damaged or even destroyed. The internet is located in thousands servers all across the world.
These are large buildings, with a huge amount of hard drives! These buildings are communicating together, which allow us to use the internet. Theoretically, if someone could destroy all servers, we would lose the internet! But, those buildings have high security, so they are protected! If you think that cutting the cables under the sea will cause a total break of the internet, you are wrong! Simply explained, the network will reroute itself, so messages will get to the desired destination using secondary routes!
Maybe the biggest concern is BGP (border gateway protocol) hijacking. This means that the data is always sent in the right direction. For some time, experts thought that it would be impossible to re-direct those routes. Recent research discovered that they can be re-routed, which means that data could be stolen!
Breaking the internet is impossible, but making it unusable is possible! In the worst scenario, hackers can insert high levels of noise, at the low security junction boxes.
This means that received data would be unreadable, and the network will operate at the functionality of 1%. In that case, every user will stop using the internet. It would be very hard to detect and solve this problem! Although this is theoretically possible, it would be extremely hard, and nobody has a reason to break the internet! If you hate the internet, maybe the problem is with you!