Internet Blackout: For the past few days, some news of Internet blackout is coming. However, there will be no such situation as internet blackout, but the internet may stop working on many devices from 30th September. Let us know what is the reason for this.
Internet Blackout: Encrypted IdentityTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate is expiring today i.e. 30th September. The expiry of this IdentityTrust worries many internet users. The reason for concern is the information coming about internet blackouts. Some users may face an internet blackout due to the expiry of Let’s Encrypt’s IdentityStr DST Root CA X3 certification. Let’s Encrypt has given this information.
Who will have the problem of Internet Blackout?
According to information shared by Let’s Encrypt on social media, ‘DST CA Root X3 used as the crossing is expiring. This will have an impact on select subscribers. This is not the first time that such an incident is happening. A similar case came to the fore on May 30 last year, when the AddTrust External CA Root expired. Due to this many organizations and people had to face problems.
DST CA Root X3 we used as a cross-sign is expiring! A small number of subscribers may be affected. If you need help, please check out our community forum where we are standing by! https://t.co/TzEtaNmC0w
— Let’s Encrypt (@letsencrypt) September 29, 2021
Let’s Encrypt was giving the certificate expiring warning for a long time so that they should upgrade their device to the latest operating system. Devices, including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs that were running on the old operating system, will be affected by the expiry of this certificate. Devices that will not be updated to the latest OS after the certificate expires, will not have internet access.
What is Let’s Encrypt?
Let’s Encrypt is a not-for-profit organization that issues certificates for an encrypted connection between the Internet and your device. Whenever you enter a website that starts with HTTPS, it is secure. The credit for this goes to the IdentityTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate. This certificate ensures the security of your data on the Internet so that hackers cannot access your personal information.
Why is the certificate expiring?
Each certificate expires after a certain period of time and is replaced by the latest one. Similarly, the IdentityTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate is also expiring so that users can move to the latest operating system.
If reports are to be believed, it will have an effect on devices that are working on versions older than Android 7.1.1. Internet access will not be possible on these devices. At the same time, it will also have an effect on iPhones working on versions older than iOS 10. You will need to check your device’s operating system version to know if it will affect you.