Russian Federation to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 12, 2019

The test, due to be held before 1 April, will keep all data circulating between Russian citizens and organisations within the country's borders rather than passing through global routes. The government wants this ability to ensure they can protect their Internet assets from foreign aggression and be able to route all traffic internally.

The goal of the exercise is to prepare for a law that is expected to pass called the Digital Economy National Program, which would reroute all internet traffic inside Russia's borders to travel through Russian servers.

They want the ability to inspect traffic and ensure it is not routed outside of Russian Federation.

A date for the test has not been set, but is supposed to happen before April 1, according to a law introduced past year.

The test disconnect experiment has been agreed on in a session of the Information Security Working Group at the end of January.

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The disconnect experiment is being overseen by Russia's Information Security Working Group; its members include Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, which has faced backlash overseas over allegations that the Russian government used Kaspersky Lab products to spy on computers. The test disconnection would provide ISPs with data about how their networks would react.

Russian Federation is planning to temporarily cut off internet access throughout the entire country as it prepares for potential cyber warfare.

Authorities have even built a local backup of the Domain Name System (DNS), which they first tested in 2014, and again in 2018, and which will now be a major component of the Runet when ISPs plan to disconnect the country from the rest of the world.

The move comes after a law was passed in the Kremlin previous year that ordered changes to be made so that Russian Federation could operate independently on the net, should the need arise. 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.

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