Russian Federation plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet

Russian Federation plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet

Russian Federation plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet

In a Working Group Session at the end of January, telecom operators including Megafon, Beeline, MTS, Rostelecom, and others said they agreed with the law's goals, but disagreed with technical implications, which they said would interrupt Russia's internet traffic.

The Bill aims to put in place "defence mechanisms to ensure the long-term stable functioning of Internet networks in Russia" if the U.S. takes action in cyber space to threaten them.

The official Duma news feed (translated from Russian) said the proposed law on a sovereign Runet (the Russian term for the internet within Russia's borders) would isolate the country from the global network in the event of "targeted large-scale external influence".

Authors of the initiative say Russian Federation must ensure the security of its networks after US President Donald Trump unveiled Washington's new cybersecurity strategy a year ago, which threatened to respond to any cyber attack both offensively and defensively. It was first introduced in the Russian parliament in December 2018.

The programme also covers Russia's own DNS system that function to keep its online traffic in-country. None of the 12 organizations that police the root servers for their net's address system (DNS) are in Russian Federation.

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Moscow has also said it will look into alternatives to the system that translated internet names into computer-readable form, the Domain Name System, which is administered by a California-based non-profit, ICANN, according to NPR.

However, critics say the bill shows the authorities' continued efforts to limit internet freedoms despite the huge public and private cost. Eventually the Russian government wants all domestic traffic to pass through these routing points.Roskomnazor, Russia's telecom watchdog, will monitor all traffic flowing through these points to make sure data is not being routed outside of Russia.

The objective of the test is to make sure that traffic doesn't leave Runet, and can't be re-routed via servers in other countries, where it could then be intercepted.

Some critics have expressed doubt whether it's even technically possible to sustain Russian Federation unplugging from the Internet.

Russian Federation is preparing to detach itself from the rest of the world by briefly disconnecting from the internet, as it readies for future cyber warfare.

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