Millions of miles of terrestrial and undersea cables connect computer networks worldwide. These are the weak links—and your best shot at bringing down the Web.
TAKE UP FISHING
NETS pulling up undersea cables are the single biggest cause of Internet breakages. (Make it look like an accident.)
GRAB A HACKSAW
FOLLOW the lead of vandals near Santa Clara, Calif., who cut through underground fiber-optic wires, halting all service to the area.
PRAY FOR AN UNDERWATER EARTHQUAKE
PREFERABLY, a repeat of the quake that took down cables carrying 75 percent of Internet traffic between Europe and the Middle East last December.
BECOME THE HEAD OF ICANN
ONCE in charge of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers—the organization that coordinates the global system of IP addresses—you can redirect traffic at will.
BREAK INTO AN INTERNET DATA CENTER
THERE are thousands of centers housing computer servers in the United States alone. Take your pick and get mischievous.
SABOTAGE A FEW BOATS
INTERNET providers like Verizon lease fleets equipped to locate and repair broken cables. Stop the ships and you stop the fix.
WAIT 29 YEARS
ON Jan. 19, 2038, the internal clock for Unix, the operating system for many servers, will overflow, Y2K style. Big meltdown or big letdown? Only time will tell.
THE stealthy sea creatures have been known to gnaw through a few cables.