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Russia to cut all domestic internet from world wide web

 

 

Russian authorities are planning to disconnect the entire country from the global internet temporarily, according to reports.

The experiment aims to test Russia’s cyber defenses and ensure the nation’s internet service, known as Runet, can continue to function in the event of a foreign attack.

Officials will verify whether Russia can continue to operate its web service without passing data to and from the outside world.

Russian telecom companies will have to re-route all internet traffic to exchange points managed or approved by the Russian telecom supervisor Roskomndazor.

The experiment is part of a new draft law known as the Digital Economy National Program. The law will also obligate Russia to create its own Domain Name System (DNS) so it can continue to operate if it loses connection to international servers.

The DNS is what translates domain names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses so that people surfing the web can access them.

Russian authorities are planning to disconnect the entire country from the global internet temporarily, according to reports.

The experiment aims to test Russia’s cyber defenses and ensure the nation’s internet service, known as Runet, can continue to function in the event of a foreign attack.

Officials will verify whether Russia can continue to operate its web service without passing data to and from the outside world.

Russian telecom companies will have to re-route all internet traffic to exchange points managed or approved by the Russian telecom supervisor Roskomndazor.

The experiment is part of a new draft law known as the Digital Economy National Program. The law will also obligate Russia to create its own Domain Name System (DNS) so it can continue to operate if it loses connection to international servers.

The DNS is what translates domain names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses so that people surfing the web can access them.

Some commentators have raised alarm bells about the experiment, suggesting that it is the first step toward nationalizing Russia’s internet to crack down on freedom of information. But some analysts point out that the project is still in an experimental phase.

On Monday, Russia also announced that it would introduce digital identification cards by 2024 and will begin digitalizing some key government services.

The U.S. and other Western nations have criticized Russia for launching influence campaigns and cyber attacks on foreign nations, and analysts say that Russia is preparing for a scenario in which the international community decides to cut Russia off from the world wide web.

This year’s World Wide Threat Assessment from the U.S. intelligence community determined that China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure.

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