Russia Plans To Temporarily Disconnect Entire Country From Internet Before April

Russia Plans To Temporarily Disconnect Entire Country From Internet Before April

The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018.

The test, expected to be carried out before April 1, will see whether online data can be passed between citizens and organizations inside the country without having to be routed internationally, the report said.

Why? The aim is to find out whether a proposed new Russian law works.

The government has agreed to provide funding towards these tests and goals, which are not now scheduled but are meant to take place before April 1.

The Russian government has been working on the complex cyber defense tactic for several years.

"Theoretically, the U.S has the ability to cut off Russia's Internet connectivity from outside, but there is no precedent to trace worldwide", said the team leader of Ru-center, one of Russia's largest domain name registrars and hosting providers.

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Russia has tried, so far with extremely limited success, to block Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging service, but its use continues to be widespread, including among some senior Russian government officials who are reported to use VPNs to circumvent the ban.

The announcement comes after a draft law called the Digital Economy National Program - which requires Russian internet service providers (ISPs) to make technical changes as the nation prepares for sanctions - was introduced to Russian parliament a year ago.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations recently said they planned to hit Russian Federation with a stronger response to its own cyber attacks.

The Russian government has agreed to foot the bill and to cover the costs of ISPs modifying their infrastructure and installing new servers for redirecting traffic towards Roskomnazor's approved exchange point.

Average Russians would not lose internet access; the plan would instead change how internet traffic is handled on the back-end.

Critics say the bill would create an internet firewall similar to China's.

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