It seems that the man (identified simply by the name Liu) was new to the area of Weifang and participated in a neighborhood square dance. The main participants in the dances are usually middle-aged women, but Liu took part as well.
However, during the dance, Liu noticed some people in the crowd were laughing at him and taking pictures. Worried that the photos could end up online, he did what anyone else would have done. He attempted to destroy the internet.
He messed with the cables and wires in this box, causing $15,000 in damages. But, fortunately, the worldwide internet remained intact. But could the internet actually even be destroyed? The answer is yes. Here are a few ways.
According to CNN, ″more than 99 percent of global Web traffic is dependent on deep-sea networks of fiber-optic cables that blanket the ocean floor like a nervous system.″ So that might be a good place to start.
If you don't have the time or resources to go to the bottom of the ocean, you could also try to take the internet down with computer worms and viruses. It would take a doozy of a virus to get it done, but as CNN stated, ″just as in biology, as computers have evolved in sophistication, so have viruses co-evolved.″
Another thing that could destroy the internet? Powerful solar flares. According to CNN, ″When a massive solar flare erupts on the sun, it can cause geomagnetic storms on the Earth.″ In 1989, a major electromagnetic storm resulted in a power outage in Canada, stopping the stock market in Toronto. Perhaps an even bigger storm could take down the whole internet.
Of course, in order for someone to be able to cause solar flares, they would probably need some sort of super power. But if Liu had some boating equipment and cable cutters, or had the ability to create the most indestructible computer virus of all time, he would have had a better shot at destroying the internet.