"A handful of people in the world in possession of the keys to the internet – and one of them is Swedish. Twice a year, goes to Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder from Stockholm to the united states for the solemn ceremony which ensures that the network works as it should."
"Trip destination is the small town of Culpeper, north of Washington DC in the state of Virginia. Here is the well protected and guarded data center that is the site of the so-called nyckelceremonin."
"What it is all about is to protect the domain name system that the internet is based on, so that we do not end up on the wrong sides when we are out there on the web. Network all IP-addresses are encrypted to protect from tampering, and this encryption must be updated regularly. This is done through the smart card which is held in safe custody in the small boxes in a safe – and one of these boxes has Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder the key to."
"the key Itself, she describes as the"
"– It is a utstansad piece of metal, more or less, and no one would be able to believe that it is of such importance. But my son, who is a woodworker, has made a nice wooden box I can store it in. Where is the safe."
"Between trips, store the key in a safe deposit box."
"– But my biggest nightmare is to come to the ceremony, and detected: dammit, I forgot the key!"
"the Security of nyckelceremonin is meticulous, and the participants ögonscannas before they are released into. In the inner room, there is a robust safe containing a number of boxes. The ceremony is transparent and open, will be filmed and streamed – but the camera covered of course, for when the safes are opened. Nor is it possible to hack into the systems, because all the devices are offline. At least three nyckelbärare need to be in place for updates to be able to be implemented."
"Usually come off the ceremonies without incident – but it can happen that something occurs on the road, which makes the comprehensive protective system is disturbed. Once closed the door to the safe a bit heavy-handed and imprudent."
"– Then thought the system that it has become earthquake, and all was locked up."
"Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder work for everyday that the head of security at the internet infrastructure foundation in Sweden and has long experience of data queries. She has been on his mission for ten years, and feel that it may soon be time for others to take over."
" I believe I have a record in the most number of nyckelceremonier. You should not keep on forever, so it's probably time to put down soon. I want it to come in younger people and more women. I am the only woman in the gang."
"On the internet is a worldwide database called the domain name system (DNS) that translates between domain addresses and IP-numbers. IP stands for Internet Protocol and is the identification number that is unique for each computer connected to the internet."
"For less than ten years ago was the DNS more secure through the so-called root system was signed in order to strengthen protection from hackers. Periodically, this system should be updated, which is made of a number of nyckelbärare appointed by the organisation called Icann."
"in Total, there are 21 nyckelbärare: Seven of them are collected in Culpeper (Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder is one of these), and seven in El Segundo, California, in addition there are another seven in the reserve."