Announcing the “blackout” of the Internet on September 30

The crash will occur because the authentication certificate needed to validate the device’s connection to the primary server has expired. Those devices that cannot update this driver will not have internet.

This is a security change in internet services that will lead to a “blackout” of a large number of electronic devices on September 30th. In this way, mobile phones, video game consoles, smart TVs, and computers will not enjoy their Internet connection.

All devices connecting to the web server must perform a series of security checks, which are automatic and instant. At the end of these operations, the focus of this problem appears: root certificates.

In this context, one of the world’s major certificates, IdentTrust DST Root CA X3, will expire, and all devices with an Internet connection that are under authentication will stop working.

Which devices will be affected

All devices with this root certificate will lose their connection. For this reason, it is a good idea to know what computers are in the house.

Some of the computers that can stop working with the Internet are:

  • Apple: Computers with macOS 10.12.0 and earlier, iPhone or iPad with iOS 9 and earlier
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and earlier
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 y Front End.
  • PlayStation 3 (PS3) with firmware version 5.00 and earlier.

How to prevent devices from stopping working

There is only one solution: update device drivers. The most modern of them will not experience any inconvenience, as companies release constant updates of their latest products.

However, in many cases, companies consider their old products to be obsolete and do not maintain software, so updating the root certificate will be difficult or impossible. It is estimated that 30% of Android mobile phones may be out of service.

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generally, Products manufactured after 2017, will not be affected, since most of them contain ISGR Root X1, which expires in June 2035.

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