If you're reading this message, The story may be overblown. But ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) is setting this week as a time to upgrade their security process. It could lead to temporary partial outages.
BGR.com reports the following:
ICANN was set up as a solution to many complaints. Prior to ICANN's 1998 founding, a domain name cost about four times what it does, today.
The actual internet uses strings of numeric addresses, but civilian commerce and communication benefits from changing an address like http://192.168.1.254 to an address like http://ebay.com.