April 1, 2021

If someone has your IP address they can turn off your Internet?

I just read in this petition here that it is possible for someone to turn off your Internet if they have your IP address? :o : [https://www.reddit.com/r/cyberbullying/comments/mhjtu9/petition_to_stop_cyberbullying/](https://www.reddit.com/r/cyberbullying/comments/mhjtu9/petition_to_stop_cyberbullying/)

How is that done? Can VPNs protect against it?



>If someone has your IP address they can turn off your internet

Realistic Short Answer: No

Speculative Long Answer: If your gateway (typically router/modem) is insecure and isn’t patched up, there may be a vulnerability that allows one to compromise it and do whatever they want, which could potentially be to disable all ports or brick it. This requires a lot of skill and information gathering to the point that the answer for you is likely still no. VPN may or may not protect against this, depending on how the peer IP is obtained.

Whoever wrote that has basically zero networking knowledge

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