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Russian Federation plans to disconnect from global Internet for cyber-defense

Russian Federation plans to disconnect from global Internet for cyber-defense

Russia's Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday gave tentative approval to draft legislation for the country to instate measures to isolate itself from the global internet.

So far Russian Federation has built a local DNS copy to allow its internet to keep working if local officials pull the plug on connectivity to the rest of the world.

The big picture: A recently proposed Russian law would mandate that service providers be able to completely disconnect Russia from the Internet.

The test will mean that data travelling between Russian citizens and other organisations will remain within Russia rather than being routed internationally.

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 previous year.

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. ISPs in the region are now preparing to test a system that would re-route web traffic in Russian Federation to exchange points controlled by Russia's telecom agency, Roskomnazor, ZDNet says.




The new approach follows what U.S. officials said was a wave of cyber attacks by Russia, Iran, North Korea and China, warning it would now respond to any future hostile intrusions both offensively and defensively.

The nation has been accused of dozens of cyber attacks.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its allies have threatened to retaliate against Moscow's online aggression but are yet to take drastic action.

Russian Federation is shutting off its internet as part of a dramatic test to help it defend against devastating cyber attacks.

Countries have been known to accidentally disconnect themselves from the net.

There are also theories that this latest move will help authorities create a massive surveillance and censorship system that will ultimately give them more control over the internet. And web traffic in Syria plunged to zero on a number of occasions over several years.


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